A conversation with Daniel Donner on designing a cartogram of United States congressional districts

Recently, my team at Graphicacy collaborated with Grassroots Analytics to build a tool called PrimaryCast, to display Grassroots’ predictions for who might win upcoming Democratic primary races. As the designer on the project, I led the discovery process, where we explored various ways to display this data to users.

A screenshot of PrimaryCast, a tool for predicting the winner of Democratic Primary races, featuring a cartogram map
A screenshot of PrimaryCast, a tool for predicting the winner of Democratic Primary races, featuring a cartogram map
House races tab of PrimaryCast, featuring a tiled cartogram map of Congressional Districts.

We knew we wanted the primary visual to be a map. While the statewide races (such as Senate and Governor races) were more straightforward and could be displayed with a standard U.S. state choropleth map, displaying House races proved much more difficult. For the purposes of representation in the House of…


How state-level policy actions in the U.S. impact new COVID-19 cases and deaths

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, Graphicacy designed a timeline of policy events for each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The goal of this data visualization is to allow readers to display any actions taken by the Governor of a state alongside a chart showing either Daily New Cases or Daily New Deaths. Restrictions/closings, openings, deferring decisions to counties, and other actions are represented by markers so the reader can see if that policy action had any impact on the outbreak.

An animation of a user exploring a line chart of Coronavirus cases in Maryland, with a list of policy events
An animation of a user exploring a line chart of Coronavirus cases in Maryland, with a list of policy events

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) previously developed…


Visualizing transformative change in food systems to meet the threat of climate change

Graphicacy designed and laid out a print report and accompanying infographics and visualizations for a CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) report on how to transform food systems to avert a food and climate crisis.

Through the report, CCAFS and a panel of global experts in food security, food systems, agriculture and climate change identify high-priority actions that we must collectively take now to create sustainable, inclusive, healthy and climate-resilient food systems by 2030.

Report cover design for “Actions to Transform Food Systems Under Climate Change”
Report cover design for “Actions to Transform Food Systems Under Climate Change”
Report cover design

The Graphicacy team was presented with the challenge of making the report — and the important data and content within it…

Carni Klirs

Senior Information Designer at Graphicacy

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