Design research both inspires imagination and informs intuition through a variety of methods with related intents: to expose patterns underlying the rich reality of people’s behaviors and experiences, to explore reactions to probes and prototypes, and to shed light on the unknown through iterative hypothesis and experiment. – Jane Fulton Suri, creative director, IDEO
Currently, the largest Ebola outbreak in history is gripping West Africa. Officially, it has claimed the lives of over 1,350 people with many more feared dead or infected. The epidemic is quickly spreading to nearby countries and has arrived in Europe and North America and other countries.
At times, it’s hard to have empathy for others especially when there is a lack of transparency and flow of information. The Ebola in Liberia project commissioned by Liberia’s Ministry of Information and Communication seeks provide a central location for the latest data about the Ebola epidemic with the use of design. Data is collected by various sources on the ground in Liberia.
The collaboration, between the Liberian government and American designers, uses design to communicate information and a powerful message which in hope will result in action needed to stop the epidemic. Through data visualizations, infographics and news, the site is meant to provide relevant information to all its users.
The site is not super sophisticated and in proper crisis design format, it does not need to be. The simple responsive site with embedded visualization technology suffices giving you exactly what you need to know quickly. To learn more about this project, visit www.ebolainliberia.org.