The Art of Consequences

Learn about the newest way to see the cost of war.

  • Poppy Field, via

  • Minard’s Napoleonic Infographic

  • Florence Nightingale’s Rose Diagram

  • Nick Holloran’s The Shadow Peace

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to even estimate how much media has been made about war over the millenia. Cave drawings; tapestries; paintings; novels; treatises; cartoons; photographs; news reels; documentaries; magazines; t.v. shows; movies; graphic novels; and YouTube videos showcase the literally  billions of perspectives on this one, seemingly fundamental, aspect of human life.
So what makes war data visualizations special?
War is an act of numbers for those who dictacte its course. Much later, the aftermath of war becomes not an act of numbers but an effigy of them. How many lost, how many missing, and where and to whom did they once belong.
War is about more than loss of life, but this death is the focus of the infographics and visualizations presented and analyzed here.
There are all kinds of important numbers in the data-soaked world we are learning to live in, and a correspondingly exponential surge of data visualizations.

Why do war visualizations matter?
Why do people make them?
Is there a way to measure their impact?
How do people make them?
What makes a good one? Why do some have power?