Social Networks have taken the world by storm; they allow greater connectivity amongst users across the globe whilst encouraging their creativity and ingenuity. Felix Heinen, a final year student in 2007 created a truly innovative and informative technique to analyze the various aspects of a social network, through visual representations, for his Information Design Project.
He created two posters that displayed the diverseness and attitudes of the users of online social communities such as MySpace. These posters were 80” x 36” or 200cm x 90 cm.
The first poster represents the functions that are used by members, and also displays additional information such as educational qualifications, gender, age, social status, and how often they have visited the website. At a glance, one can find the demographic details of member’s profiles.
The second poster portrays an overview of the geographic location of users, based on a map of the world. Felix’s primary aim was to provide the management team with a tool that would allow for better understanding of the users of such online communities or social networks as it were.
He postulated that visual aids such as his posters help in better understanding of key data rather than information gathered from their databases. Furthermore, he also developed an interactive flash based tool which allows users to navigate through all the data that had been collected.