Conspiracy on ice?

Conspiracy on ice?

2014 • UC Berkeley School of Information

The Olympic Games are not only a spectacle of athletic prowess and competitive grit; they're also the world's biggest stage for rich sports data. The controversy that followed the ladies' figure skating final was a prime example of the data telling a story that belied first impressions.

final design

This narrative infographic illustrates an article by Deadspin writer Lucy Madison that breaks down figure skating's complex scoring system to debunk the conspiracy theories. 

sketches

The design process for this graphic was a war of attrition: each iteration pared away excess text, data and decoration. The final product was both simpler and more information-dense than any of its predecessors.