Project description

2017 was the safest year on record for commercial flight. Progress on air safety has been swift. Just a decade ago, 21 accidents resulted in more than 700 fatalities. Compare that with last year, when 10 accidents culminated in the deaths of just 44 passengers, proving that commercial flight is statistically the safest way to travel.

What makes this project innovative?

Aviation Safety Network every year release the annual report of commercial aviation accident statistics. On other occasions accidents, terrorist attacks made the news go to show many victims comparing for example with few accidents, or vice versa, many accidents and many victims, etc. But this year they revealed that 2017 was the safest year ever. To show how safe it had been, we decided to ignore the typical data report and present a simple and effective visualization: Show all flights had (commercial aircraft with more than 10 passengers) and how many of them had been accidents. There were almost 37 million flights during 2017, so we showed a random of points for the printed page and the online version, to show it, we had to divide each point in 100 flights, because if we showed the whole 36.8 million, the page would be dyed in absolute black. Thus, each dot represents 100 departures. Last year's accidents account for one-tenth of to single dot. For the printed page we only choose this data to show it to the full page of the newspaper. Actually it could have been shown in a small table in some news, but the visual impact, and be able to show it in analytical perspective was worth it. For the online version we add some extra relevant information.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The impact on social media for print version without link was quite high, reaching 11,382 total engagement on Twitter. Online version pageviews: 4.0k. Time on Page: 03:11

Source and methodology

Aviation Safety Network:Aviation Safety Network (ASN) is a Flight Safety Foundation-supported, private, independent source of accurate and authoritative information on airline accidents and safety issues. The ASN Accident Database contains detailed descriptions of more than 20,000 incidents, accidents and hijackings.

Technologies Used

Software used:Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition….)Brackets ioCorel PainterMicrosoft excelLanguages of development used:JavascriptJQueryD3.jsHtmlCSS - CSS3JsonCSV SVG

Project members

Pablo Robles, Infographic Designer


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