Craig Stover and Karl Sluis, recent graduates at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, have re-examined what it means to "live the American Dream" through large-scale, physical data visualization of information and statistics that highlight different parts of the everyday American experience.
COMMON SENSE is an art exhibit that examines the American Dream. Through a series of thirteen works, the exhibit questions assumptions about the country's history while it shows our common goals and dreams. It illuminates inequalities in our society and the difficult choices we must consider. Finally, Common Sense suggests possibilities for the future.
Take for example, This or That, a visualization of how our priorities are balanced monetarily, and how it compares to, say, the Bernie Madoff pyramid scheme:
The Dow Jones Industrial Infantry visualizes the size of 30 of the biggest companies on the Dow Jones Index. Wal-mart emerges as the biggest player, by far.
Investing in the Future is a graphic that compares each state by how much they are investing in public education.
One of the simplest exhibits is The [insert country] Dream, a simple visualization of how the USA's economic mobility REALLY compares to other countries with leading economies in Europe.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.