The challenge: use juxtaposition to display the distance between the earth and the moon, 238,900 miles.
Turns out that distance can fit every planet in the solar system (yes, including Pluto) with some room to spare.
Oh, and it also turns out the sun is crazy big.
Given a massive spreadsheet of every Oscar–nominated film ever, the challenge was to make something engaging.
I chose to create a proportional scatter plot of every nominee's ratio of nominations & wins. An interesting story emerges about where success and failure is found; plus, it's neat to see outliers along the way.
Bats are critical to ecosystems everywhere, especially Minnesota. The insects they consume provide about $1.4 billion in value to Minnesota agriculture from alleviated costs of pesticides, helping the state become the 11th–largest agricultural producer in the nation.
Rather than a purely humanitarian take on the issue, this economical angle brings the plight of bats back to everyday life through localized data & relatable agricultural information.
I've spent three years rowing at the University of Minnesota. Along the way, I've logged nearly every one of our indoor workouts on rowing machines (those funky–looking things at the gym that nobody uses).
So what possible use were spreadsheets filled with wattage, pace, and training zone data? Not much, to those outside of the sport. That became the challenge – to communicate three years of my sweat to people who don't know (or, frankly, care) what rowing is.
While this project wasn't really featured anywhere in any way, it did get 193 upvotes on reddit, so there's that.
These projects were completed as undergraduate coursework at the University of Minnesota.