Emissions and the Top 5 Countries

Niki Waghani, Divya Goel, Krithi

Looking at the most recent Carbon Dioxide emissions statistics from 2017, we noticed that the top 5 most industrial countries – the United States, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Knigdom – collectively produced more emissions than the rest of the countries on the list combined. The sheer size of the disproportionate impact these five countries demonstrates a blatant lack of concern for the environment. We were shocked, so we decided to go with a data sculpture that was equally shocking.

Our goal is to shock the people of these five countries into realizing that they are part – a big part – of the problem. The tangible call to action would be to encourage them to use public transportation. To do this, our plan is to install our sculpture in the densest city of each of the five countries. This includes London, Shanghai, New York City, Tokyo, and Berlin. The sculpture would be of a wounded bear, painted with each country’s flag, proportional to how much they pollute. The red of the flags is meant to also represent blood. We would have a statement telling how the five countries pollute more than the rest of the world combined. In addition, we would submerge the bear in a tank of colored ice, the amount of each color also representing each country, that would melt day by day to show the bear drowning.

Niki Waghani’s Data Log

9am – Added an event on my Google Calendar. Was surprised when I realized someone else’s travel calendar and schedule was showing up on my phone, just because we had been traveling together earlier.

10am – Looked up all sorts of information on movies about the Oscars on Safari. Google stores my last few searches.

11am – Tapping in to the EECS lounge with my card. They probably keep track of how many people come in and out. It’s possible they could even keep track of who.

12pm – Listened to music on Youtube. It now knows what kinds of songs I like and makes suggestions based off of that.

1pm – Facebook: Tracks where I like to online shop and the times of day I’m most active on the Internet

2pm – Allowed Google Maps to use my location.

6pm – Uber: Tracks where I am and where I’m going.

7pm – Uploaded video for UAT to the class website. Have also uploaded other psets to class websites earlier in the day.

9pm – Netflix knows the last show I was watching and kept track of where it stopped. It also still remembers the names and viewing information of a few friends who shared my account nearly two years ago.

Girl Scout Cookies

I chose to review a data infographic about the very popular and delicious Girl Scout cookies. Anyone who is a fan of these cookies would enjoy this infographic. It doesn’t have an agenda or stance but rather just provides lots of fun facts and history. The end goal is to build interest. The infographic is long, so I’ve clipped out the best parts.

The image above appears at the top of the infographic. I like the way the green ties together the number and the banner. It would be even more impactful if the number was directly related to the data in the green box. Otherwise, the actual layout of the top is busy and not very visually appealing.

The picture above shows how much each girl scout cookie contributes to their total sales and includes how many calories worth was sold. The bar graph below shows how many boxes of each cookie were sold. It uses two colors but doesn’t identify what the different colors mean. Plus, there is another row of cookies below it that have no discernable purpose other than to add clutter. Also it would’ve been nice to know how many calories each cookie was because without knowing that, quantifying them in calories is impossible to interpret. This can technically can be calculated from the provided information, but it just makes me think that there must’ve been a better way to coordinate the information in the two main graphs. I also really don’t like the colors. They all clash with each other and it makes me eyes hurt to look at the infographic for the amount of time it took to write this.

Later on in the infographic, it has pictures of old, discontinued cookies as well as a recipe for the original cookie at the very bottom. The information is really fun to know. It is worth noting, however, that the graphic has an odd jumble of information. The focus on calories in the first half made me think it was going to have some sort of message about health. Then, by the end, it was telling me to make cookies. Thus while the infographic is interesting, it has no overall purpose and the parts don’t work together effectively.