Breaking the Immigration Charts

Student work

March 2019

One week

Design brief


This was a class assignment in Information Design Studio II class taken by Prof. Pedro Cruz at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


The task was to first visualize "Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status by Region and Selected Country of Last Residence: Fiscal Years 2015 to 2017" from Homeland Security's dataset. The following task was to break this graph such that it forms a visually interesting composition, but also retains elements of the orignal data.

Breaking the line chart

The final submission looked as seen below. On the left is a horizontal stacked bar chart showing Lawful immigration to America and on the right is the visual experiment of "breaking" various countries to form a "wall" of colorful bricks.

Process​ and Iterations

Here are some additional iterations that led to the final design.

Additional Explorations

I enjoyed the process of deconstructing charts so much that I explored another dataset of "Persons Obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Fiscal Years 1820 to 2017" which can be found here. Below is the line chart for the data and 

Breaking the line chart

Below is an attempt to 'break' the line series chart for the same dataset.

Design responsibilities:

Visualizations, Data Wrangling in R, Infographics, 


Tools used:

R Studio, ggplot2, dplyr, Adobe Illustrator
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© 2020 Arushi Singh