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A Brief History of Hurricanes:

From the big pictures to individual storms


Information Design


This design is a combination of information design, graphic design with personal analysis. Based on the data set from National Hurricane Center provided by  Northeastern University. I grouped 10 years to make it easier to calculate and view larger maps.  I tried to find the connection between storm/hurricane days and time. Then I restarted this project based on the following questions:


1. Does the length of days have a relationship with time?

2. Do we have more hurricane/ storm days through time?

3. Does the percentage of hurricane days change through time?


*Wind speed might change several times a day. Once they reached 64km/h (hurricane wind speed) anytime in a day, I calculate that day as a hurricane day.


The results were not what I expected. Here are something I learned from this project:


1. Different visualizations for the same information shows different results.

2. Data analysis is a process from a simple idea to a complex information break down and end with a simple output.

3. Suitable data visualization helps people see how different data sets are.


The Beauty of Charts

Through generations, charts are still the wildest used data analysis form. The power of a group of beautiful, simple charts are stronger than we toughts, s beauty of combination in color, line, contrast, and shape. 

However, sometimes charts lie.


When we visualize the exact same data but in the different chart forms, it results in a totally different visual solution.

How to find a good model for data visualization is very important, and different focus of the same data sets create many interesting visual languages. To find more information, please download the book.