TRIPPED OUT: THE 2003 NORTHEAST BLACKOUT
20 x 32 IN.
Information Design. Poster Design. Typography.
Collaboration with Evan Gendell.
On August 14, 2003, 55 million people in North America were suddenly left without power. While at first it seemed as though this happened in the blink of an eye, the outage was actually caused by a series of unrelated events in Ohio that began many hours before a whopping 9,500 square miles blacked out across the continent.
This large-format poster visualizes the data behind the catastrophe. It was created after reading and condensing 300+ pages of reports and analyses into a verbal and visual narrative. The top half of the poster gives a macro view of the total effects of the blackout while the bottom half of the poster zooms in on Ohio to highlight the specific incidences that set off a cascade of electrical outages. Illustrations and background information about the flow of electricity and the power industry are incorporated throughout the graphic.
︎ The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards selected this infographic for the 2018 Longlist in the Maps, Places & Spaces category.
︎ This piece was selected for the Cross Connections 2018 International Exhibition on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Brownsville, Texas. (Fall 2018)