Data-visualization company After The Flood recently created a videographic for the BBC to serve as an introduction to the sinking of the Titanic for all audiences. The video looks at what happened, what went wrong and the response to the disaster onboard and off.
Writing about it on their site, ATF say that they wanted to demonstrate five aspects of the disaster:
We wanted to avoid the the usual conspiring about causes – we felt that there were a bunch of bad circumstances that all piled up at the wrong time.
We also wanted to show that people of all classes escaped and that the ‘women and children first’ order worked as well as it could.
We wanted to avoid the usual glistening 3D models and concentrate on views that would instill meaning into their story sections. So we showed versions of the boat in plan or skeleton form – and the sinking is an amalgamation of views – that acknowledges its un-reality.
We had to represent the ship and it’s interior – but all at the service of the main story. So instead of endless cutaways, we looked at the engines in context of Belfast, escape routes for the sinking and the cabin plans in context of passenger types and so forth.
The mapping is inspired by Richard Edes Harrison, who’s Look at the World Atlas showed destinations from where they were being looked at – inspired by the new technology of civilian air-travel – affording people new views on how to see routes between locations.
There’s too much Titanic stuff going round at the moment. But this is really worth watching. An illuminating, fascinating, moving bit of dataviz. I guess it’s dataviz, maybe, something like that, whatever it is, it’s brilliant.