VISUALIZATION OF THE
DEREX INDEX

Context

This project was motivated by the rise of right-wing extremism across Europe. I created a visual representation of the state of support for extremist ideologies. 

According to sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf, “It will take six months to reform the political systems, six years to change the economic systems, and sixty years to effect a revolution in the peoples’ hearts and minds.” His words are yet again proved by the recent news of rising demand for the extreme right all over Europe. This claim is also supported by the findings of the Political Capital Institute’s Demand for Right-Wing Extremism Index (DEREX Index), which measures and compares people’s predisposition towards far right politics in 33 countries using data from the European Social Survey. Demand for Right-Wing Extremism Index tracks changes in those social attitudes that can destabilise the democratic political systems of Europe.

Physical visualisation

The top layer of the visualisation is a distorted map (cartogram), created in D3js. Each country’s borders are scaled by the values of the DEREX Index. These distorted borders also function as the base of the bar chart — higher demand for extremism equals deeper levels on the visualisation. The object provides a three dimensional landscape, giving the viewer more general impression of tendencies my geo location across Europe.

The object was cut using a CNC hot wire cutter, from 6 1250x500x100mm XPS panels.

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Interactive visualisation

The interactive map is an output of a cooperation with the Political Capital Institute. I was commissioned to design the equivalent of the physical visualisation. I was also provided the complete data set of the DEREX research.

The interactive cartogram was developed using D3js. The user can choose from different indexes via the first dropdown, then iterate through each year of the given index using the other, revealing tendencies by morphing the map from one year to another. Users can also view numerical data by hover over countries with the cursor.

The interactive cartogram was developed using D3js. The user can choose from different indexes via the first dropdown, then iterate through each year of the given index using the other, revealing tendencies by morphing the map from one year to another. Users can also view numerical data by hovering over countries with the cursor.

Credits and references

The first iteration of the physical visualisation was designed under the guidance of Pavel Choma and Marcel Benčik, at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

The visualisation was exhibited at Private Nationalism, Open Gallery (Bratislava, 24 February — 1 March, 2015); Ostrale'14 (Dresden, 10 July — 27 September, 2014); Pensive Pictures Goodbye, Higgs Field (Budapest, 30 April — 23 May, 2014); Private Nationalism, K13 (Košice, 27 March — 30 April, 2014), Private Nationalism, Divus Praha (Praha, 21 February — 15 March, 2014).