It' been almost three months since the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred, in the Mexican Gulf. Arguably, the most horrifying man-made environmental catastrophe of all times, it has been illustrated all over the world in magazines, newspapers and websites.
Contrarily to my last post here on Inspired Magazine, this one is not filled with joy and good expectations, typical of a big sports fan like I am. Today, weâ€™ll see how information design can also show the less enjoyable side of our life, and how powerful it can be unveiling the cruel facts behind such tragedies as this one.
Enough words, enough said â€“ letâ€™s just dive in the facts , and call for action.
Why offshore drilling?
Before we start getting into the Gulf accident, letâ€™s just quickly try to understand why offshore drilling was such a priority for the United States.
Understanding Oil Spills and a look into the Past
It happens more often than weâ€™d like, and still the World lacks alternatives to avoid that history keeps repeating itself.
The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Iâ€™ve worked in several oil rigs for a couple of years, although never in the Mexican Gulf region. And, for those who never had the chance to see one up close, I can only describe my feeling as a mix of admiration and a certain amount of fear. Itâ€™s an engineering work of art, a technology wonder, and a time-bomb.
This recent accident as been one of the most covered oneâ€™s, and there are some great visualizations out there showing the terrifying numbers behind it.
Measures taken â€“ or attempted
From the very beginning, everybody knew this would not be an easy mess to clean up. Several efforts are being made, but the oil is still spreading.
A Lot more than Money
Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk, in the media, about the economic and financial impact, but letâ€™s not forget that, first of all, this is a tremendous environmental disaster â€“ and that human lifeâ€™s were lost.
Whoâ€™s to Blame?
With such a negative impact on the environment and peopleâ€™s lifes, thereâ€™s no way BPâ€™s going to pass the public opinion judgment. And weâ€™re still yet to see if its going to survive.
Irony, or Dark Humor?
And still, after all weâ€™ve shown, facing the situation with some irony is possible:
Visualizing with Video
We finish this compilation with some videos that also show the facts behind this tragedy.
Of course, there must be hundreds of other designs and visualization tools for such an disastrous event. Share them with us, and weâ€™ll definitely include them on a future post.
Because, unfortunately, this Dark Mess is far from ending.