Individual projects

Individual assignment by Zita Dellink
Topic: young crime suspects in the Netherlands
Data source: CBS 

One of the topics that concerns many people in the Netherlands is crime. Consequently, the CBS has multiple datasets with regard to crime, ranging from crime suspects, victims and justice to unsafe feelings in society. I have always had an interest in criminal behavior and how this behavior is caused. Related to this is the well-known nature/nurture debate, which tries to explain  the performance of criminal behavior in terms of both biological and environmental factors. In line with these thoughts, I decided to select ‘young crime suspects in the Netherlands’ as the main topic for the individual assignment. I have related criminal behavior to several nature/nurture characteristics such as young crime suspects’ gender, age, educational level and ethnic background. Additionally, each separate unit in the infographic is constructed by using different visual design principles.

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Individual assignment by Rachel Cales
Topic: the severity of malaria
Data source: Unicef & World Malaria report 2014

For trips to and through continents like Asia, a malaria vaccine is mostly necessary. Lately, there are a lot of stories about people who were infected with malaria. Because of this news, I wanted to get more information about this phenomenon. All sources of this topic are available on Unicef. The website of Unicef is a public website with information, statistics and recent resources about the disease malaria and most of them are updated in February 2016. The question I want to visualize is: what is the severity of malaria? The infographic is telling the target group (people/institutions offering assistance) the nowadays problems of malaria. With a couple of statements, icons and mini-visualizations the severity of this phenomenon are highlighted in an infographic. All the mini-visualizations are made in another design tool. I have made a briefly introduction to inform the reader about the topic anno 2016. In comparison with several decades ago, the severity of malaria decreased. However, there are still millions of people suffering of malaria. The message I want to communicate is: we are on the right track but the problem is not yet solved.

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Individual assignment by Diela Dautova
Topic: Worldwide immunization
Data source: Unicef & World Health Organization

The story of the infographic is about the worldwide immunization trough child vaccination. Child vaccination is something very common and even often obligatory in most European countries, unfortunately in a lot of countries child vaccination is not a matter of course. The infographic focusses on the current status of worldwide immunization and the contrasts between different parts in the world. As I read more about the topic I wanted to introduce other people to the topic too. Show them the importance of immunization trough child vaccination, that people realize how lucky they are to live in a country like the Netherlands where vaccination is such a common concept. I wanted to involve my readers and hopefully they will take away something from this topic, gain some basic knowledge and insight. Therefore I kept it quite broad. I wanted to show the reader the most important facts about immunization (in my eyes most important). How did it develop throughout the years? What are the area’s with the most lack of vaccines? This way a non-expert on the topic could also understand it and learn something from it.

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Individual assignment by Laura Spanjers
Topic: Child Labour
Data source: Unicef, Worldbank & International Labour Office

Several weeks ago the broadcast company CBS published a video, which was filmed with a hidden camera, of children working in Turkish factories. The majority of these children were Syrian refugees, of whom the parents do not have enough money to feed the family. Therefore, they don’t have another choice but to ‘force’ their children to work. This article was a wake-up call for me, since I thought that child labour was decreasing. Especially, since the reputation of several big fashion retailers was threatened to damage after the disaster of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. For some reason I’ve always associated child labour with textile factories in developing countries. I’ve never really gave it a thought that child labour also exists in other sectors and even in Europe. After reading the article of the Syrian refugees, I kept wondering: if child labour exist in Europe than what about the rest of the world? I realised that I had been ignorance about child labour. Therefore, this infographic tells the story about what is the daily life of 168 million children worldwide. The infographic shows the facts and numbers of child labour in the world as we live in today. I hope that this infographic is a wake-up call for all people who are as ignorant as I was before.

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Individual assignment by Dragos Tomescu
Topic: Food wastage
Data source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 

In spite of the fact that a sufficiently large amount of food is produced annually, about 1 billion people are experiencing some undernourishment symptoms, globally (Food and Agriculture Organisation [FAO], n.d.). At the same time, more than 700 million tonnes of food were wasted in 2013 (FAO, n.d.).  This project was aimed at informing people about this problem, causes and possible solutions (at least from a consumer’s perspective) to minimising food wastage in an effort to minimise undernourishment.

The poster is divided into five main sections, delineated through coloured boxes, and the viewer is guided from one box to the next with the aid of drawn arrows. It begins by introducing the viewer to the undernourishment problem, through text, an illustration as well as through a world map highlighting the most affected areas. Then, it specifies the amount of food wasted through a pie chart. The next section gives details about the kinds of food wasted as well as the countries wasting the most amount of food. The fourth section identifies the main causes of food wastage. Lastly, the poster proposes food consumers a three-step strategy aimed at minimising food waste, as proposed by the FAO.

All the data can be accessed from the FAO Statistics division. The causes of food waste as well as the three-step programme were taken from a news article article of the FAO.

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