Visualizing Federal Spending

Art Gallery
Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 12:00am to Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:00am
Anaheim Convention Center
Hall B

This project explores an aesthetics-oriented approach to visualizing federal spending in the United State as 3D compositions in photorealistic style. Using procedural modeling with Python programming and Maya API, it forms an organic flow of intermingled geometrical units to represent the profile of federal spending for each state. Total expenditures are scaled to a per capita basis to make different states comparable, while the overall surface area or volume occupied by each type of geometrical pattern represents its associated spending data.


Rebecca Ruige Xu
Missouri State University

Sean Hongsheng Zhai
Red Dot Blue Square LLC