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2055

2055

 

A two-part data visualization project. Using immigration data from Pew Research Center, I created a risograph print installation and a digital interface conveying how over time, the American identity changes. This project is titled  2055 because by 2055, the country will have no racial or ethnic majority group.

Ultimately the framing of facts and numbers helps people understand their underlying narrative. By communicating complex concepts without relying only on language, information becomes more accessible to others.


 

Print Installation

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I put up 100 posters in 10 by 10 format to highlight the year 2055 because that is the year when the U.S. will have no racial/ethnic majority group. The distortion on each face is a visual metaphor for a changing and unstable identity. Each poster is risograph printed on 11 in x 14 in paper.

 
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Installation timelapse

 
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By 2055, the U.S. will have no racial or ethnic majority group.

 

Digital Interface

The digital interface was designed through two perspectives. A user can first see the data in an aggregate view, and more clearly see how the racial/ethnic population of the U.S. changes over time. The graphics can be toggled between with and without immigration if there needs to be more focus on one or the other. In the year by year perspective, one can scroll through each year by itself. 

 
 

Data Used

These numbers are from a report from Pew Research Center about the modern immigration wave. While the report itself provides a larger statistical portrait of the immigration population vs. those who are U.S.born, I chose to use the data below and tell a more focused story. In particular, I used the percentages provided and accounted for the other races when designing even though they are not explicitly written.

 

Oftentimes, I have a hard time communicating a concept to my parents. No matter how hard I try with my words, I won’t be able to get through. From this personal experience I began to think about how communication works outside of language, as words alone are not enough. People are exposed to words and facts every day, but how much do they actually understand what is being conveyed? How might we communicate concepts without relying solely on words and instead amplify their meaning?

This led me to think about people’s relationship with data. Mass amounts of data in the form of numbers and statistics are embedded within the news and stories that people absorb daily, but how could this relationship be more engaging and more emotionally connective? Facts alone cannot convey the whole story. Using a specific data set from Pew Research Center ranging from the years 1965 through 2065, I’m exploring the numbers that make up the projections of racial and ethnic composition within the United States in two cases: with and without immigration.