graphic designer / photographer / writer

MICA social design, class of 2014

today at MASD we began our unit on data visualization. we were asked to sketch out an explanation of a phenomenon we think is socially significant. since I’m focusing my thesis research on the prison-industrial complex and mass incarceration, I’m really excited about the opportunity to start exploring these complex concepts visually.
the specific phenomenon I decided to illustrate is prison labor. I lifted this example from a pamphlet called the prison-industrial complex & the global economy. since I spent all weekend at an “undoing racism” training in new york (more on that soon!), I didn’t have much time to illustrate the relationships between different elements of the prison labor system. however, I got a lot ideas from our class discussion today and am looking forward to expanding on this design.
I think it would be interesting to do some quick math and determine what kind of profit is made off of this hypothetical example. with a decrease of $7.78 in hourly wages, how does that add up when multiplied by the number of laborers in a particular prison, for example? how many hours a week are they working? perhaps I’ll incorporate some of these numbers into the next iteration. I think it’ll also be helpful to include the text of the 14th amendment, which outlawed slavery except as punishment for a crime. it’s important to keep these systems and data in a historical context.
if you’d like to see what my classmates are working on, links to their blogs can be found here. 

today at MASD we began our unit on data visualization. we were asked to sketch out an explanation of a phenomenon we think is socially significant. since I’m focusing my thesis research on the prison-industrial complex and mass incarceration, I’m really excited about the opportunity to start exploring these complex concepts visually.

the specific phenomenon I decided to illustrate is prison labor. I lifted this example from a pamphlet called the prison-industrial complex & the global economy. since I spent all weekend at an “undoing racism” training in new york (more on that soon!), I didn’t have much time to illustrate the relationships between different elements of the prison labor system. however, I got a lot ideas from our class discussion today and am looking forward to expanding on this design.

I think it would be interesting to do some quick math and determine what kind of profit is made off of this hypothetical example. with a decrease of $7.78 in hourly wages, how does that add up when multiplied by the number of laborers in a particular prison, for example? how many hours a week are they working? perhaps I’ll incorporate some of these numbers into the next iteration. I think it’ll also be helpful to include the text of the 14th amendment, which outlawed slavery except as punishment for a crime. it’s important to keep these systems and data in a historical context.

if you’d like to see what my classmates are working on, links to their blogs can be found here


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