THE GREAT DIVIDE
Herwig Scherabon was working on a book about gentrification in various US and UK cities, expressed through data-vis and maps. He found the topic fascinating, and decided to spin it off into a separate project – two giant 150x75cm prints, which won Student Gold at the Information Is Beautiful Awards in November.
Scherabon depicted LA and Chicago as a high-resolution matrix of blocks, the height of which correspond to the average income of that area.
“I want to trigger thoughts about what the reasons behind inequality might be,” Scherabon explains. Working in what he calls a “dark and moody aesthetic”, he spent a lot of time optimising everything for print, choosing a matte Somerset Velvet paper mounted on wooden boards.