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DATA VISUALIZATION OF A CITY BLOCK


Typographic posters hung on a brick wall
Typographic posters hung on a brick wall as a woman walks past

A CLOSER LOOK


The goal of this project was to create a series of posters to visually represent my experience with a city block in Richmond. I sat in the Village Cafe for 47 minutes, counting the number of people walking by during each minute. I then formulated a data visualization across three typographic posters.

A CLOSER LOOK


The goal of this project was to create a series of posters to visually represent my experience with a city block in Richmond. I sat in the Village Cafe for 47 minutes, counting the number of people walking by during each minute. I then formulated a data visualization across three typographic posters.


If you were to watch this very spot, what would you see? Snow, cars, bicycles, a wall. If you took 47 minutes of your time. What would you see, sitting where I am?

The Village Cafe at 18:00. I sit at the window. People pass by. 47 minutes. Every minute. 47 minutes. 289 people.

47 minutes.

Poster 1

The first poster is rather straightforward. Each module represents a single minute and every circle indicates a person who walked past. So, in a minute where 5 people walked past, there is 5 circles in the module.

Poster 2

The second poster continues to use the circles found on the first poster. However, it is the stroke weight that shows the relative number of people who passed during the minute.

Poster 2

The second poster continues to use the circles found on the first poster. However, it is the stroke weight that shows the relative number of people who passed during the minute.

Poster 3

The third poster is the hardest to interpret. Similar to the second poster, it also uses line thickness to show the relative number of people passing during the minute.

A REVIEW


This project is rooted in mathematics, data visualization, and user interface (UI).

I’ve always been rather logical in my thinking. I used this project to combine that with my creative expertise, finding new ways to present and communicate the information. The real challenge was to do so efficiently and effectively. The first poster, which is the easiest to interpret, was actually the last of the 3 visualizations I developed. It was through pushing the boundaries of what can be done that I was able to discover a solution that worked elegantly.

Make sure to check out some of my other projects! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Project Happy and the Richmond Olympics Branding.

Data visualization is just a small part of my expertise. Want to work with me and collaborate? Send me an email; Let’s design innovative stuff together!