Adding Design to the Research Process: Visualising Complex Migration Flow Data

Adding Design to the Research Process: Visualising Complex Migration Flow Data

Nikola Sander
APA, Kuala Lumpur, 29 July 2015


Slides are available at: nikolasander.com/apa2015


















Communicating science effectively


















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How many 5s?

6142l782696969
42l78269696961
6175269696942l
61426962l75969
52696149672l96
69696142l75269
42l75269696619
696142l7526699
l7526142696969
82696142l76969
2l761452696969
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9696142l722696

Anscombe's quartet

Effective data visualisation is a matter of substance, of statistics, and design.

Edward Tufte, 2001

"The Global Flow of People"

Idea, design & implementation:
Nikola Sander and Ramon Bauer


d3.js coding: Null2 Berlin

Data: Guy J Abel

Web design: Elvira Stein

Financial support: Vienna Institute of Demography

Where it all began:
global international migration flows
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The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe. The New York Times, 20 June 2015

A source of inspiration.

Abel & Sander (2014)"Quantifying Global International Migration Flows". Science, vol. 343: 1520-1522.

How to read the circular migration plot...

Each region is assigned a colour.


The length of a circular segment shows a region's volume of migration in millions.

A flow's direction is shown by its colour and proximity to the circle.


Flows have the same colour as their origin. A wider gap indicates the flow’s destination.

Inflows and outflows are arranged based on size, from largest to smallest.

2005-10



www.global-migration.info

Data visualisation for science communication

“Scientists must learn to communicate with the public, be willing to do so and indeed consider it their duty to do so.”

Royal Society, 1985