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Visualization of Haiti Relief Data


This designed, especially with the map emphasized the total contribution of the countries. The map mostly shows that the majority of the donations come from developed countries in the west with the exception of Japan and Saudi Arabia. Also it shows that the countries closest to Haiti, namely those in the Caribbeans, Mexico, Central and South America, have not really contributed much. However, in the last bar graph there is another story--how much a country has contributed per person In that respect, the US is 8th as far as amount contributed per person despite the large total contributed. This shows how based on the the population of the United States (and wealth although not indicated in this data), the US could have contributed more.

The main contributors that are not affiliated with a country (others and private) are downplayed in this visualization. It is lumped together in the same bar graph as the countries and more is not expounded upon. Also in the map, the granularity is coarse, so the disparity of total contributions between the United States and all the other countries that are brown is not expressed. The scaling is not uniform for the map, which can be misleading.

I chose to used a map because the main thing it talks about is the different countries that have contributed to Haiti. A map gives context to the proximity of each country to Haiti and the separate them into regions (Asian, North America, Europe, etc.). The coloring of the map is basically a luminosity map with a slight shift in hues. I think I would have chose a different scale, but the tool I used didn't allow me. Finally, I chose to only label one country in the map, which is Haiti.

The bar graphs are used to give more precise data and also to compare the relative amounts each country gave. The organizations that are not affiliated with the countries are included because they contribute a significant amount, however they are not visualized on the map. Simplicity was the aim for the bar graphs. The color was chosen to match well with the map. N/A is used for the second bar graph where the data is irrelevant; however, it is there to be a place holder so the spacing is the same as the "Contribution Total" graph.

Note on design: Map was made from GeoCommons Maker! and the graphs are from Excel. Both were heavily modified in Photoshop.

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