WORLD POPULATION LIFELINE


75% of the world's population is currently held by 24 countries. My final project is based on this reality.

RESEARCH


Wikipedia stats
General overview of country populations. China, of course, is in the lead with 20% (1/5) of the world's population, followed by India with 17%. Every country after that maintains less than 5%.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population

United Nations stats
The United Nations World Population Prospects observes population growth patterns spanning from 1950 to 2050. Their research indicates future generations living longer lives but having less children. Overall, the world population will only steadily grow as living costs gradually increase.
*Note: Myanmar (#24 for population 2005) is Burma. I didn't know that.
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Chart representing age group percentages. (2005 and 2050 prospects)
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United Nations World Population Prospects: 2004Highlights_finalrevised.pdf
http://www.un.org/popin/functional/population.html

The CIA also has a World Factbook available for download: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/download/

INSPIRATION FROM INVISIBLE JOURNEYS

http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project.cfm?id=557</span>
Interesting infographs.
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SKETCHES


I first began my project wanting to create a birth/death plot - tally style. Vertical lines = birth; horizontal lines = death.

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Changes in line length = age differences. Different populations will give different ratios, thus, different tallies. (ex: populations with age extremes, populations with high birth rates, populations with high death rates...)
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Problem: Populations with low death rates have a long death line; populations with high death rates have a short death line.
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Playing with merging tally populations. In this sketch, birth lines are traveling upwards, death lines are traveling downwards.
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VISUAL MOCKS


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Charting the density of country populations. Colours have no particular meaning - it was just an experiment.
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Simple visualization of top 21 countries (according to Wikipedia - info is different for UN statistics).
Top "birth death plot" line indicates different icons to show a birth death plot.
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Fun stuff: more tally experimentations.
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Example of merging large populations together. Red colour has no specific meaning attributed to it.
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Another experimentation with another tally set.
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Another experimentation with more clumping. May represent dense urban populations.lifelinevm11.png
Another interesting visualization. Blank spaces may represent a catastrophe? Natural disaster, country famine, genocide...
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JUST FOR FUN - line experimentations

Lifelines magnified in illustrator.
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ANOTHER VISUAL MOCK

Initial template for Flash.
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MORE INFORMATION RESEARCH

Within the country populations, I wanted to research the most populous city areas. Good learning lesson to remember county capital cities.
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Last minute changes during last critique.
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FINAL PROJECT


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Download: achia.fla
View: achia.swf