Datavisualisation: WIREL


Concept: Ramon Bauer, Tina Frank
Design: Tina Frank
Programming: Clemens Schrammel

The Changing Religious Landscape of Vienna (1971 – 2011)
A project that brings together: science, art/design, coding and shows how data can be explored.

WIREL (short for WIEN / vienna and RELIGION) is a research project visualizing the increasing religious diversity in Vienna. You can explore the increasing religious diversity between 1971–2011 and the forces shaping the religious composition. Find out more about the WIREL project, the data and the reconstruction of Vienna’s religious composition using multistate population projections.

Ramon Bauer and Tina Frank developed the concept and design of this interactive online data visualisation, which is based on data from Anne Goujon – head of WIREL project and researcher at Wittgenstein Centre. The visualisation was programmed by Clemens Schrammel in d3.js. A printed poster presented at the European Population Conference in June 2014 in Budapest.

Choice of colours
People seem to really like the colour scheme of WIREL’s data visualisation, let me explain this design aspect with more words:
It was created to give a connection to Vienna by making a reference to the well known Austrian product Manner Schnitten, whose package hosts a distinct pink color. We didn’t use exactly this pink color, but turned it more into an orange-salmon color. Additionally we added chocolate colours for the dominant religious groups of the 1970ies – the Catholic and Protestant group. Then we coloured the Muslim group green as it is the signature colour for this religion, but decided to tint it with a faded touch so that the overall look would stay within a sort of retro feeling of the 1970ies. Voilá, this colour scheme works great to communicate clearly the differences between each religious group but holding them all together to communicate about Vienna as a whole.

The WIREL dataviz website provides loads of additional information on the research project, the reconstruction of the religious composition, as well as links to a poster version of the data visualisation, the WIREL dataset and also to the source code of the interactive online visualisation at Github.