Powerless Infographic




SAIC / 2018


On Aug 14, 2003, a major outage knocked out electric power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, resulting in the largest blackout in North American history. Although power was successfully restored to most customers within hours, some areas of the United States did not have power for up to two days and parts of Ontario experienced rotating blackouts for up to two weeks. You can read more about the blackout here.

Objective: The goal of this project was to effectively communicate this very complex process to the public in a compelling and informative fashion. The process included thorough research and data collection, designing a narrative that works in both a macro and micro scale, and choosing appropriate strategies of display for each part of the narrative and combining them into a cohesive, flowing whole

This project was made in collaboration with: Erika Park and Yiqian Lin.

Mark