A transmedial communication concept about borders, especially about the Middle East Conflict, was developed in the course »Visualisierungsmodelle der Wissensorganisation«. In order to make this very complex topic understandable; different presentation methods such as illustrations and cartography were used.
With a digital solution it is possible to compare the different types of borders: it can be chosen between topographical, national and historical borders. The timeline shows the change during different time periods.
Get access to background information by zoom-in to open a specific topic. There, additional maps, graphics and explanations can be seen.
According to the application, a book concept was designed to explain the origins of the Middle East borders. This spread explains the new status of the region after World War I and furthermore shows the British and French Mandatory in the Middle East.
All pages are based on Mercator projection. Due to the cylindrical map projection the space between the latitudinal grid lines increases with their distance from the equator rather than being constant. The base map grid was individually calculated for the specific map section for each double spread.
Design with a neutral point of view
Especially when it comes to information visualization, avoiding visual hierarchy and thereby rating shows up as a challenge. Even the smallest design decision, like colour coding or position in the layout could be misunderstood and perceived as judgemental.
Different types of visualizations
In order to make this very complex topic understandable, different visualization methods such as illustrations and cartography were used. The last page includes a global legend which can be folded out for every spread.
In addition, a folding poster was designed. The challenge was to create a modular layout with the ability to read information even if the poster isn’t fully opened.