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The NYTimes has come out with yet another visualization-driven approach to allow citizens to experience tough policy making first-hand. Obama's 2012 Budget Proposal: How $3.7 Trillion Is Spent [nytimes.com] presents an interactive treemap in which each rectangle is sized according to the proposed spending.

Clearly inspired by the good old classic SmartMoney Map of the Market, the green versus red color coding shows the severity of the proposed cut or increase from the year 2010. The graph is quite an amazing accomplishment in revealing the full detail of what is otherwise a complex budget proposal, but one in which you can still rather easily loose orientation.

See also Your Chance to Cut the U.S. Budget Deficit for another interesting policy visualization.


Thanks for sharing. The color coding is pretty effective, it allows you to easily cut through the noise and focus on the major changes. The red is a bit overbearing though. Cool visualization overall and great way to make sense of what is complex.

Tue 15 Feb 2011 at 11:36 AM
Stella Lau

Its really looks nice,, thanks for sharing.

Tue 15 Feb 2011 at 6:20 PM

Do you know where I can download the dataset? I want to recreate the visualization with a Bime treemap.

Tue 15 Feb 2011 at 9:00 PM
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