Lego cartograms show immigration and migration

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags: , , ,  |  Nathan Yau

LEGOs were my favorite toy growing up. This was back when the pieces came in buckets rather than the instruction-filled Star Wars sets that we see nowadays, so it was more about building whatever popped into your head. Good memories. In any case, Samuel Granados took a big ol’ bucket of LEGOs and made some cartograms showing immigration and emigration in the Americas. Each piece represents 10,000 people.

The above shows immigrants, while below is a cartogram that shows emigrants from Mexico.

Here’s a guy pretending he doesn’t know someone is taking a picture.

The source is the DRC on Migration, Globalisation, and Poverty, but it’s unclear what timespan this is. If anyone knows, please feel free to enlighten us in the comments.

[Samuel Granados via infosthetics]

1 Comment

  • In the first picture, what in the world (pun intended) is happening in….looks like Costa Rica?

Favorites

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Interactive: When Do Americans Leave For Work?

We don’t all start our work days at the same time, despite what morning rush hour might have you think.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.