Can Visualizations Help Solve the Student Debt Crisis?
Visualizations can render complex data and experience meaningful. Furthermore, they are able to reveal what might be either changed or strengthened through policy and individual action. For instance, our "Problem of the Colored Lines"(link is external) visualization gallery draws on the graphic style of W.E.B. to illuminate the variety of racial disparities in student loan burdens.
To draw on the potential of visualization, the VizE Lab joined forces with the Dignity+Debt Network in hosting a contest for data visualizations, maps, or short documentary films and photography that portray student loan debt. Entries depict the complex structural conditions of student debt and the personal experiences of debtors and their families.