A survey’s results

IndianAmericans_Infographic

In order to understand how Indian Americans feel about their history, heritage and living in the United States, I conducted a survey over the spring that ultimately collected 151 responses. The survey was designed to have a different set of questions for Indian immigrants and first or later-generation Indian Americans who were either born in the U.S. or had spent the majority of their lives here. After answering a few basic demographic questions (e.g., age, sex, country of birth, current location), the survey takers were split into two groups. Immigrants answered questions regarding the reasons they came to the U.S., what their early experiences were like, and how they felt today about living in the U.S. The first-generation Indian Americans were asked questions about growing up between two cultures and how this influenced their lives.

Both groups were asked open-ended questions on the unique experiences they faced in the U.S. and how they identify themselves between their two cultures. The last section of the survey asked all of the participants their opinions on documenting Indian American history, particularly whether they felt it was important and if they were willing to participate in any relevant efforts. The results of the survey provided valuable insights on present day Indian Americans. For my thesis exhibition, I designed an infographic showing the most compelling results, alongside interesting historical facts.

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The Human Footprint

Per Square Mile is a neat blog on population densities and it’s impact on society, life and our planet Earth. Earlier this year, it posted an infographic on how much space the world’s total population would occupy if everyone lived at the same population density as that of a select few cities. I would love to see a representation on Mumbai’s density. I haven’t done the math, but I would imagine we could all fit in Delaware!

Combating Misconception

This compelling infographic, The True Size of Africa, from Information is Beautiful, has been online for a while, but I wanted to post it here. I think it’s a great example of how well-designed data visualization can educate people and erase their misconceptions. To be honest, I didn’t know that Africa was this big until I saw this infographic, despite having quite a few geography lessons and pop map quizzes in high school. And yes, I know Africa is a continent and it is being compared to countries here, but a chart like this should accompany world maps in classrooms, if this is what they look like:

Read about the Mercator projection (and its distortion issue) here if you’re interested.