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 is not usually designed on a neutral level. Most commonly, asylum requests are visualized with bold arrows all pointing in the same direction: the country of destination. The available data are limited to only quantitative information, first and foremost to the number of asylum seekers.
The work explores a less biased way of visualizing asylum data. Based on available quantitative information, the data are visualized through the distortion of names of migrants’ countries.
By integrating not only the total number of asylum requests but also the share of female or under-aged asylum seekers, these visualizations propose an alternative image of people fleeing their home country. Data had been visualized using a script programmed in Processing which was used to print a variety of poster by the means of an old pen plotter.
The result is an exciting mix between old and new media.

In collaboration with
Nadia Delia Lanfranchi

Theodore Davis

#data visualisation

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