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Data Design for Chicago Energy

Aaron Wolf (Datascope Analytics), Burton Rast (IDEO)
Design Murray Hill Suite
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The team of Datascope Analytics (DsA) and IDEO came together to create a 3D data visualization based off of an one of a kind dataset showcasing the gas and electric energy usage throughout the City of Chicago. Due to privacy concerns, the data has been aggregated at the census block level.

The task of bringing this data to the public was a combined effort with a lot of different players. Coming up with a design that answers the needs of many stakeholders is not an easy task. Using the roots of human-centered design, IDEO and DsA came up with a solution that falls inline with the new Chicago sustainability plan, has the potential to change the behavior of the inhabitants of Chicago, and provides additional transparency into our daily energy usage/efficiency.

The goal of the tool was three fold. We wanted to build something that was informative, educational, yet also encourages action. Putting data on a map was a no-brainer but there were many other design considerations that went into creating a tool that could be educational and encourage action.

This talk will discuss the analytic and design processes we took to create a cutting edge 3D visualization using strictly open source tools including D3 and Three.js. A working prototype of the visualization can be found here.

Aaron Wolf

Datascope Analytics

Problem solver at heart with a focus on maximizing business value from complex data sets. Vast leadership experience with an extensive technical background provides unique perspective on business needs.

Burton Rast


lover of travel & photography, math + art & written word nerd, designer @IDEO & digital lead @cstiming.


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