Teaching Examples

Information graphic: Casualties of War
January 5, 2007, 1:09 pm
Filed under: data, Flash, graphics, journalism, online

When I first looked at The New York Times’s Faces of the Dead in Iraq (also called “3000 Faces” and “Casualties of War”; gosh, how many titles does one package need?), I did not even notice the tabs at the top. (Note to self: Tabs are not always intuitive, especially if they don’t stand out).

Thanks to this excellent analysis by Michal Migurski (via Gabriel in my del.icio.us network), I found the tab labeled “Analysis.” This puts you in a graphical representation of a database of information about U.S. casualities in the war in Iraq. The functionality of the slider device (bottom of the graphic) is really, really nice. What’s most impressive, though, is the dynamic data. Presumably this graphic will always remain current, so long as the numbers back in the database are updated.

It might be an interesting exercise for students to compare this NYTimes graphic with The Washington Post’s much earlier Faces of the Fallen, which I wrote about here in September. It is also built on top of a database, but unlike the Times package, it uses very little Flash (except in a few cases such as a chart showing number of deaths by age).

I wonder which one of these two packages is more interesting and relevant to regular people who do not work in journalism?

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Thanks for that.
Keep up the great work!

Comment by A Well-Meaning Asshole

This is a wonderful package. I particularly liked the “search by hometown” and the slider function.

Comment by Danny Sanchez

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