Last month I launched #IronQuest, a new community-led data visualization project which follows a similar format to the Tableau Iron Viz feeder competitions. Participants have a calendar month to source a suitable data set and then design, build and submit a data visualization. Every submission should use a data set that somehow touches upon the chosen theme for that month and every viz should aim to showcase best practices & skill in design, storytelling & analysis. The objective of #IronQuest is to provide individuals with an opportunity to practice both their data sourcing, data preparation and data visualization skills without the pressure that comes with participating in a competition like Iron Viz.
For month one (January 2019) the chosen theme was crime data. I was a little apprehensive to see how the challenge would be received by the community but I needn’t have worried. With a total of 27 submissions, I was blown away by the response to the challenge! It has been great to see so many visualizations published as a direct result of this project and also to see them be so well received by the community.
The participants truly applied the crime theme in ways I could never have predicted. We saw everything from vizzes on crime-fighting comic book heroes to cyber crime, drunk driving, mass shootings, song lyrics, genocide and even slavery. Topics aside we also saw a wide variety of chart types and techniques applied in the submissions; including but not limited to horizon charts, games, drunken goggles, custom animation, story points, infographics and gauge lines.
Reigning Iron Viz Champion Timothy Vermerian joined me as my guest co-host this month and together we had the pleasure of reviewing 17 entries, providing detailed feedback to those had requested it. It has been great to see some iterations as a direct result of this feedback too.
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted entries for taking the time to create and share your work! Also, a big thank you to Timothy for being a fantastic co-host.
The entries are posted below in alphabetical order by first name. If you tweeted you viz or thought you submitted one via the Google form but but don’t see it here, let me know and I’ll work to include any additional entries ASAP.
Please click on the images to view the visualizations on Tableau Public (or similar). Show your support for the participants by favouriting the vizzes you like the most.
A Sad Truth – The Rise of Mass Shootings in the US
Cybercrime in Healthcare – Healthcare attracts attention from cyber criminals
180 Days of San Diego Crime
Crime in England and Wales
The Vice Index
The Data Wire
Australian Indigenous Deaths in Custody
Jack The Ripper
A fan-made, data-driven tribute to Daredevil; the man without fear!
Crime on Montana Campuses
The Legacy of Genocide
Stop and Search: A Hidden Problem in Minneapolis
Identity Theft in the US
Feelin’ Like a Criminal
Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages: Names of Ship Owners, Captains & Liberated Slaves
Understanding London Crime
Murder in New Zealand
LAPD Crime Incidents by Division 2010-2017
Crime Waves in the States
Shootings in Cincinnati
Drug Related Offences in New South Wales between 1995-2012
Global Terrorism Trends, 2012-2015
An American History of Executions
Koroleva Dvara (Queen of the Court)
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The next monthly theme is Business-Style Dashboards and will run until midnight PST on 3rd March 2019. Follow the hashtag #IronQuest on Twitter and check out the Iron Quest section on my blog for more info, including more details on the next challenge.
Thanks for reading.