A collection of all blog posts by Caroline Carter.

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Visualizing ecosystems with MPG Matrix: A new approach to land management

Caroline Carter | 06.27.24

Has anything like this ever happened to you? It might not seem like it, but these stories are likely the impacts of a poor resource management decision. Ecosystems are composed of an extremely complicated web of plants, animals, microscopic organisms, fungi, people, precipitation, and so much more. When the abundance of one component changes, the...

Why use interactivity in data design?

Caroline Carter | 06.20.24

Show don’t tell. It’s what we are taught from a very young age and continue to employ everyday, be it at school, work, or even in conversations with our friends. This phrase has stood the test of time as being the most powerful way to convey information. Actions, words, thoughts, senses, feelings, and even data...

Designing the Avocado of Uncertainty

Caroline Carter | 05.30.24

Perhaps you’ve noticed over the past decade how that “once in a century” forest fire or hurricane seems to be appearing in the news more often than its name would imply. With temperatures increasing due to climate change, natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity across the world. In these situations, it’s of...

What if you could track public health like the weather?

Caroline Carter | 04.03.24

Imagine you’re going out of town this weekend. You check the weather forecast where you’re headed and see clear, sunny days, so you make sure you pack your sunglasses in your bag. Next, you check the public health trends where you’re going and see COVID-19 is high. So, you tuck away your face mask next...

Designing for all audiences: Mapping the future of food

Caroline Carter | 02.29.24

Dealing with the occasional 100-year storm or drought are problems farmers have had to deal with for centuries, but what happens when those weather events become the norm? Climate change will test agriculture practices across the globe in ways humans can’t fully predict. Many country’s harvests are already feeling these effects and will continue to...

Data Hierarchy Best Practices to Elevate Your Data Visualizations

Caroline Carter | 03.02.23

At its very core, data visualization has two main components: representation and interaction.