Data Journalism Meets Information Design: Creating A Complex Infographic About The Yarnell Hill Wildfire
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Subjectdata journalism; information design; graphic design; data; visualization; infographics; storytelling; idt; Information Design and Technology
In June and July 2013, a large-scale wildfire, known as the Yarnell Hill wildfire, tore through the Yarnell community in Arizona. The fire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters—the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. This project, which details the events of the wildfire and its aftermath in a complex infographic, is an example of data journalism and complements the reporting completed by The Arizona Republic. This paper explores the emerging field of data journalism within information design and provides an overview of the process used to create and design this project. In addition, it summarizes data collection techniques and application of graphic design best practices. It also details directions for future design opportunities related to this topic.