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Buffy Body Count

When looking for a good data set, I looked toward the pop culture properties I loved. Some showed potential while others gave me pause as becoming a messy maze.

Then I ran across something on the web that sounded like the perfect idea, A counting of every death in the seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I found multiple lists counting those deaths but none of the lists matched. That meant there was only one thing to do. I needed to watch all seven seasons and count them myself. The watching part of it took a few months a few episodes a week. The actual data visualization took three weeks.

It was when I decided to place the data on the Spoke and Wheel chart type that it all came together. Not only was the data for the entire run it was fully accessible at a glance.

Superhero Timeline

This is a spoke-and-wheel visualization from 2014. As such it shows how that year exploded the genre so much I had to come up with an ingenious way to keep it on the page.

Each character had an individually designed icon in which I tried to keep with costume colors and design of same. Knowing the icons would be small, it was important to maintain as simple design as possible. And over 1,200 icons, that was simple.

Again, the spoke-and-wheel design is my favorite for timeline visualizations such as this. It gives scale to the years amount of visible characters from the scarcity in the 1930s/40s to the overwhelming amount after the turn of the century.

In the bottom of the chart I included a network analysis diagram of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as well as a few miscellaneous charts I gleaned from the data collection process.

The chart was done using Excel and Illustrator.