After surveying women veterans across the United States about their experiences of unstable housing after military service, it was important to convey their responses in a way that could both humanize and normalize their experiences. (For far too long the problem had either been ignored or been an example of “othering” or “victim blaming,” which it would continue to do so long as it was associated with what can be construed as personal deficits.) In an effort to make the experience of homelessness among women veterans far less exotic, I used a novel approach in data visualization, which was to distribute their comments across a map of the United States. In order to protect their individual identities, though, their actual geographical locations were scrambled with those of other participants, while the rest of what displayed about them (age, number of children, branch of service, time spent in the military, etc.) stayed intact.
Additionally, it was nice to have this project (and its process) highlighted by Tableau, here.