Although we tend to feature experienced information designers and visual journalists in this space, this week’s Portfolio belongs to someone who has had the first contact with the field just a couple of years ago.
Sara Piccolomini was born in 1990 in Forlì, a small town in the Emilia-Romagna region (in the north of Italy), where she lived until the age of 18. After getting her High School Diploma, she decided to move to Milan to study Communication Design at the Politecnico di Milano, where she’s currently attending a Master’s Degree program.
“I’ve always had many interests concerning visual arts, literature, biology and science but I’ve never been able to tell what I would like to be in the future. That could be the reason why I immediately fell in love with design when I arrived at the university. It lets me deal with various issues in different ways, using many tools and interacting with people. Design always opens me up to new perspectives and every project I work on is a unique challenge.”
“My very first contact to information visualization was at Density Design, a research lab in the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milan, which is focused on the visual representation of complex issues. Here I worked with some classmates on my first project called «Galileo Follower» which has been featured on many books and magazines. I also worked on « Black Data of Piemonte » which was shortlisted at Kantar Information is Beautiful Award 2014.”
“In 2014 I also did an internship at The Visual Agency, an agency which specialises in infographics and data visualization. There I met many passionate people and some of them have come together to start a new adventure, which is still in progress: Tommi, Information Design Cluster, a new independent design group which is focus on printed and digital display of information and visual journalism.”
“I think that my approach to visualization can be defined “instinctive”, when I look at a dataset I immediately try to understand which shapes and colors “fits” better. I think that is important to find a fine balance between an ordered, accurate and scientific display of information and an aesthetically beautiful compositions of colors and form. I love give order and sense of beauty in what otherwise would not be understood and I am fascinated by turning complexity into something meaningful and memorable thanks to visual representation.”
“Telling stories and evoke emotions is the most exciting potential of information visualization.”
Here are the infographics and visualizations Sara shared with us:
Galileo’s followers is a visual representation that highlights Galileo Galilei’s network of relationships through the analysis of the exchange of letters with his contemporaries. During his life Galileo held a correspondence with lots of people: relatives, friends, religious people, supporters and opponents of his ideas.
The myth of the scientist closed in his study seems to be refuted by Galileo’s dense network of contacts that highlights how the communication was already important at that time.
There’s an interactive version.
Is death penalty the right question?
The website is an exploration of the endless debate about the right penalty for sex crimes. Sexual violence is part of a serious public health problem related to power imbalance between genders, which mainly affects women.
The entity of the problem brings a very big controversy in the way to punish this crime. Through our site we introduce the public to the controversy about the capital punishment for rape in India.
View it live here.
Freedom in countries | Ill Corriere dela Sera – La Lettura
The visualization explores the levels of freedom in countries according to Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication, that is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties.
Each country is assigned a numerical rating – from 1 to 7 – for civil liberties, with 1 representing the most free and 7 the least free. The degrees of freedom in expression and belief (the gap varies from 0, no freedom, to 16, complete freedom) is visualized with a circular histogram and the number of newspapers for each country is reported near the name of the country (ThePaperboy.com).
World Giving Index | Ill Corriere dela Sera – La Lettura
“World Giving Index – A Global view of giving trends” with a texturized map. The aim of the World Giving Index research conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation in more than 160 countries is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.
The questions that lie at the heart of the survey are: Have you done any of the following in the past month? Donated money to a charity? Volunteered your time to an organisation? Helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help?
World Ice Cream Consumption | Ill Corriere dela Sera – La Lettura
The visualization shows the market value in euros for ice creams in the world. For each category of ice cream (Single Portion Dairy Ice Cream, Impulse Ice Cream, Retail Artisanal Ice Cream, Ice Cream Desserts, Multi-Pack Dairy Ice Cream) the ten countries with the higher consumption of ice cream in 2015 have been reported.
Data related to 2010 and data expected for 2020 have been reported too. The graphs at the bottom show the top ten countries that consume more ice cream in 2015 and data related to italian consumption. Overall, according to data provided by 2020,
the consumption of ice cream in the world will increase.
Data provided by Euromonitor International.
The Black Data of Piemonte
The visualization shows how many fatal car accidents occur in each province and district of Piemonte region. One of the most unexpected thing is that, statistically speaking, women are better drivers than men: women have much more chances not to have a fatal accident than men. Another thing that can be infer from data is an overall decreasing trend in the number of fatal accidents. It’s probably due to safer vehicles on the road and increased awareness of drivers.
Shortlisted at Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2014
The numbers of culture in Italy
The data used in the visualization are extracted from the report “I numeri della cultura in Lombardia” drawn up from Lombardia region in 2009. The visualization shows the distribution of museums in Italy
and the inflow of visitors in each regions.
Also shortlisted at Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2014
You can explore more of Sara’s works on her website www.sarapiccolomini.com.