C → Asylum Seekers in Switzerland, The Basel School of Design FHNW, Poster, Vintage Pen Plotter, 84x118 cm, December 2015





“Asylum Requests in Switzerland 1995–2014”
Visualizing Data with Typography

Data Sources

State Secretariat for Migration
Swiss Federal Statistical Office

The visual language of asylum statistics are usually not designed on a neutral level. Most commonly, asylum requests are visualized with bold arrows all pointing in the same direction: the country of destination.
Moreover, the available data is limited to mere quantitative information, first and foremost to the number of asylum seekers.
The work explores an uncommon and less biased way of visualizing asylum data.
Based on available quantitative information they distort the typographic pictures of the countries of origin.
By integrating not only the total number of asylum requests but also the share of female or under-aged asylum seekers, they further propose a more detailed image of the people fleeing their home country.

The data had been visualized using a script programmed in Processing. The final script was used to print variety of poster size data visualizations using a vintage pen plotter.

The result is an interesting mix between old and new media.

In collaboration with
Nadia Delia Lanfranchi

Theodore Davis

#data visualisation

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