The 2003 Blackout


2009
Poster, 32” x 20”
Group project with Arin Han, Jon Linton, and Namgyu Ryoo.

On August 14, 2003, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, hundreds of cities across the Midwest and northwest went dark as the United States experienced the worst blackout in its history. Millions of people were left without power for extended periods of time. This information graphic navigates both a macro-level and a micro-level of the event. It explains how North America’s power grid is structured, how power is generated, and why coincidental incidents can lead to significant problems, in addition to the detailed time line of how the blackout spread. It connects this data into a cohesive, compact, engaging, accurate narrative, and provides information in multi-levels considering various levels of interests of the readers.