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Tool: Adobe Illustrator

The story that I thought the data was trying to tell (or perhaps wanted the data to tell) is how generous a country is. However, the provided data didn't quite work for this. All the aid figures are given in USD, which isn't really fair to poorer countries trying to help out. Furthermore, the donation/population ratio doesn't tell how generous a country is because a country's population is unrelated to economic prosperity, these are donations from nations and not individual, and some nations (like China) are ridiculously overpopulated. For these reasons I thought the donation/population figure was essentially useless. I initially tried making a visual based on that number and realized it doesn't provide any acceptable criterion to judge a country by.

The value that I thought was more relevant was donation/GDP (or percentage of GDP donated). This value shows how much of their wealth a country is portioning for Haiti, essentially saying how generous they are. Since we weren't supposed to introduce data, I made two visuals. One shows dollar amount donated, the other shows percent of GDP donated. Both are similar, but it's clear that the percent of GDP measure give a lot more credit to generous nations. (The GDP data are 2009 values from the CIA world factbook).

The graphs a split by region: Europe, Americas, and 'Asia, Africa, Australia.' This makes looking at the data a little easier, and gives a context to compare the donations of each nation. There is also a pie graph in the center which shows the percentage of aid from each region. This aids in illustrating that the major of aid is coming from the Americas and Europe.

The graphs are also color coordinated by region to help visual separation. The map in the center is not exactly necessary, but adds aesthetics and also supports the color separation of regions.

(Map vector taken from http://vector4free.com/vectors/id/75)

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