Visualizing empires decline
This is an information visualization project that narrates the decline of the British, French, Portuguese and Spanish empires during the 19th and 20th centuries. These empires were the main maritime empires in terms of land area during the referred centuries. The land area of the empires and its former colonies is continuously represented in the simulation. The size of the empires varies during the simulation as they gain, or lose, territories. The graphic representa- tion forms were selected to attain a narrative that depicts the volatility, instability and dynamics of the expansion and decline of the empires. Furthermore, the graphic representation also aims at emphasizing the contrast between their maximum and current size, and portraying the contemporary heritage and legacy of the empires.
Information visualization, information aesthetics
International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2010, Los Angeles, July 27-29, 2010, Poster Proceedings. ACM, July 2010
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