Visualizing A Nation-Wide Census

Statistics South Africa
Project Lead, Presentation Development, Teaching (2014-2015)
Together with developers and statisticians from Statistics South Africa, we developed new toolkits for presenting statistics live and online.

From the undulating hills of KwaZulu-Natal to the flat planes of the Free State.

On the tenth day of the tenth month in the tenth year of the millennium, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) deployed 120 000 people dressed in yellow bibs who combed the length and breadth of South Africa. On that day, this "army of peace" enlisted households and their members from the undulating hills of KwaZulu-Natal to the flat planes of the Free State.

The poor, the rich, the homeless, those in transit at hotels, the young and the old, boys and girls, men and women, the disabled, the educated and the schooled, the wise, the blue collar, the white collar, those on the edge, the sick, the healthy, the unemployed and the employed, those in educational institutions, those in the country under whatever conditions, legal or not.

Our task in this project was to develop the main presentation of the resulting data. The final presentation featured:

  • Photographs and video
  • Animated maps, cartograms and bubble charts
  • Income distribution and age distribution charts
  • Migration maps
  • and more ...

Workshops on web development & data visualization

Working with Stats SA in Pretoria, we also organized a number of workshops on frontend web development, including data visualization toolkits. This inspired developers and the organization to make a successful overhaul of the organization's website.