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One particular infosthetics post, back in February 2007 and titled Iraq Casualties for Dummies, received about 17 comments. I guess it somehow touched a (infographical?) nerve.

This graph has just been revisited [nytimes.com], in the form of comparing the date and type (i.e. hostile fire, non-hostile death, rocket/mortar/grenade, suicide bomb) of every death of an American or allied soldier in the year 2008, based on data from the Pentagon and icasualties.org, an independent research group. The color-coded icons indicate whether the death occurred in the first or second half of 2008. "While the large amount of blue in the Iraq tally is a heartening indicator of lessening violence, the prevalence of yellow in Afghanistan is a harbinger of tough times ahead."

As we previously discovered, although the graph appears at a The New York Times website, it is not created by the NYTimes inhouse infographics group (recommended link), but instead by mgmt design.




I think that this could've been better executed using something like SeaDragon.

Perhaps color or size the city dots or their text by casualties, then allow you to 'zoom' into the city on the map to see the actual casualty data.

This would provide both a more effective high level overview (by reducing clutter and making city comparisons easier), and a better granular view, since the connection between a city and its data would be clearer. They could also then break Baghdad down by neighborhood.

Regardless, totally cool infoviz.

Tue 17 Feb 2009 at 1:09 PM
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