Amanda Sim
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Flatland

Data Visualization & Accordian Fold Book


This interpretation of the 1884 satirical novella Flatland by Edwin Abbott creates a textual landscape of the characters in the novella. In the story, the two-dimensional characters are divided by a social hierarchy determined by their shapes. More equilateral shapes have higher social standing.

Thinking of the characters in the text as a data set of shapes, I used Scriptographer to create a tool in Adobe Illustrator to plot each successive instance when a character is named. The resulting visualization is a landscape created by mapping Flatland’s characters as the reader moves through the text. 

The book is accordion folded with a wrap around spine. The front and back covers are held together by snaps that can be released to allow the book to lay as a continuous page, emphasizing the data visualization