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November 2017

Picturing the Great Migration

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This design essay is about the creation of two graphics for a SIGNIFICANCE magazine cover article. You can read the original article here and get lost in giant versions of both graphics here.

The Great Migration was the movement of over six million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West — possibly the largest peacetime migration in history. This essay details how US Census data was elevated to show this migration by mimicking the style of Charles Joseph Minard, 19th century thematic mapping pioneer. READ MORE