Aboriginal Canada

Recently the National Post looked at the results of a Canadian census that identified significant growth in people identifying with the aboriginal populations of Canada. As an American, I am not terribly familiar with Canadian native populations, but if I recall, they are broken into the three groups examined in the infographic: First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. The First Nations are the original tribes of Canada, the Inuit are the natives from northern Canada, and the Metis are the mixed-race persons of native and early European colonisation.

Aboriginal Canada
Aboriginal Canada

I find interesting the National Post’s use of network diagrams (the bubbles with lines) to show how the subcomponents form the whole. This as opposed to perhaps a more common form of a tree map or bubbles within a bubble. I would be curious to see or learn about which is the most effective at showing the relationship both in terms of structure (hierarchy) and size (without the datapoints included as labels).

Credit for the piece goes to Andrew Barr, Mike Faille, and Richard Johnson.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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