Today’s MOTD is a proper comprehensive infographic about the H1N1 virus. This map is truly unique because designer, RAJ, used a black background and vibrant ‘pig’ pink to pull the reader through the map from left to right, while reinforcing the overall theme.
The excellent use of multi-variant data sets is not lost in the black either. There are examples of timelines, gauges, diagram cross sections, geographic maps and iconology. All of these elements seamlessly describe the history of the illness, details about how it spreads and treatment techniques in humans.
This ‘blackboard’ technique is gaining popularity and has been integrated into cartoons as well as many other mediums of art.
Missing from MOTD #60 was data about the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak between the months of November 2002 and July 2003, in which there were 8,096 known infected cases and 774 deaths.
Today’s map, from the NY Times, shows the frightening pace at which this disease spreads. It follows the travels of one Chinese professor who became infected with SARS while treating patients in China. The professor stays in an international hotel and infects many others.
The graphic is easy to navigate and understand because of a simple legend and a great use of bold text to show location and importance.
Whatever you name it, H1N1, Swine Flu or Hamthrax, there is no doubt that the virus has reached a pandemic level. While the dangers of contracting H1N1 is very real, the built up hysteria and media coverage it has spurred, rivals that of the avian bird flu of a few years ago.
Today’s map of the day, taken from www.interbent.com, highlights past pandemics and statistics based on population deaths. Swine flu is about halfway toward reaching the Avain Flu death count and it is merely a few weeks old (reported cases). More cause for concern was the ‘2003 Unnamed Flu Pandemic’ being cited as very deadly and endemic in Asia. Plus without a name, how do we know which animal put the blame on? I think we should start calling this one the Scapegoat Pandemic…poor little pigs.