Course: Simulation 2. Semester
Project: Sustainable Nutrition
Added Value: Organization, Structure, Information
Group: with Tara Monheim
my focus: Database, concept

Reflection

The focus of this course was on data visualization. We chose to display our society's water consumption since it was the most interesting and relevant data we could find at the time. This project demonstrates how crucial efficiency is in the production of consumer goods and how much different areas of water consumption have an impact. However, I've learnt from this project that I can only have an indirect impact by informing people, because those that look at it more closely are already concerned about sustainability. As a result, the reach is restricted and the impact is minimal, which inspired me to pursue other sustainable projects that have a direct impact.

Water Crisis

Water is a resource that many people around the world take for granted. But water is a finite resource and still a luxury in many countries, although access to clean water has been considered a human right since 2010. The following data visualization compares and contrasts in abstract form the consumption of water, access to water, and size of population of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) from 1996 to 2015. This interactive data visualization is intended to bring the value of water to the forefront of our minds.

Concept

The data visualization is structured in such a way that the inner circle shows the water consumption of the BRICS countries. (Brazilian, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Here the guideline value was from the year 2015 (100%).
The whole inner circle shows the total consumption of all countries with the subcategories: Agriculture, Household and Industry, which are marked by their colour difference. Around the inner part there are five circles arranged in one circle that show the population of each country in a 5:1 proportion to the water consumption of the country in the corresponding colour. A thin circle line represents the population and a filled inner circle represents the amount of people who have access to clean water. We have oriented the time axis to a circular figure, the years 1996 to 2015 are arranged clockwise.