David Lu: Three Views of the Senate

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    Three Views of the Senate


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    Web-based art


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    Three Views of the US Senate (2003) is a political data visualization that uses dynamic typography to tell a story about the makeup of the United States Senate prior to the then-upcoming 2004 elections. In particular, senators are presented by party, by year of next election, and by state. The story that emerged from the data was an open ended one: could the Democrats retake the Senate?The project uses data scraped from Project Vote Smart, an online political database, by a robot written in Python. The visualization itself was designed in Adobe Illustrator and implemented in Processing. A Java-enabled web browser is required to view this piece.