From Fallout

Data Visualization, Print


This infographic, based on epidemiology datasets from the WHO, depicts the increased incidence of thyroid cancer among children after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.

This project was all me, from finding the data sets to refining the graphics.

As a student project, this infographic didn’t have an intended venue for presentation, and I can’t judge its effectiveness beyond successful attempts to have classmates respond about their impressions. However, Parsons the New School for Design professor Julia Wargaski chose this, and another piece of mine, as examples of stellar work from her class to be featured on the Parsons blog.

The biggest lessons I took away from this project were about refining my dataset in order to clarify what was being communicated. While I began the project hoping to catalog all of the effects of Chernobyl, I quickly realized that I needed a smaller, but more deeply interrelated dataset, that could still be complex, but also nod to the larger stories of that region. The WHO dataset was not only a comprehensive examination of a single issue (thyroid cancer in children), it gave me a series of variables to break up that data, including nationality, age, gender, level of exposure, and time.