Data Visualization

Earthquakes Around Fiji

Data alone appears as numbers and ticks, but laying underneath is a wealth of information with the ability to show us more than any visual can. Using Earthquake data occuring around the islands of Fiji, I was able to discover something much more happening underneath the sea.

Disciplines
  • Data Visualization
  • Print Design
Tools
  • Processing
  • Illustrator
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Peculiar Data

Within the data set, there were multiple factors: magnitude, location, and depth. Patterns were arising among these factors, however. Many of the Earthquakes almost seemed connected because of their relativity to eachother. What could this tell us about their nature? How could I use code to illustrate what was going on among the data? What was clear was the way the data was portrayed needed to include multiple dimensions to get a better feel of what was happening.

Illustrating the Statistics

Since location would be self-sustaining, the two factors that needed to be thought about were magnitude and depth. Magnitude could be illustrated through size variations, while depth could be changes in color.

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Peculiar Data

Now it was time to plug it into code and run it. Each data cell created an ellipse that had its own unique size, color and location. After running the code, an amazing thing happened: what looked to be an underwater mountain ridge appeared, surrounding the islands.

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