The research and design team matched with Boroumand Foundation decided right from the outset to focus on the stories behind the statistics. These images are from prototyping screens for a proposed web interactive featuring 113 juvenile offenders who were sentenced to execution in Iran.
The Boroumand Foundation had translated letters and statements from many of the juvenile offenders in their database. After learning on the previous screen that the youngest offender to be sentenced to execution was 12, these vignettes serve to humanise the subjects and build emotional connection.
Contextualising the data
Moving further into the prototype we now see a proposed screen that includes an image of the juvenile offender, an audio file of them speaking, and their position on a timeline. This interactive visualisation shows the date of sentencing, and the date of execution. Many of Iran's juvenile offenders languish in prison for years before their sentence is carried out. The visualisation also serves to show the 'busy years', where multiple juvenile offenders are sentenced to death. Further exploration of this idea could include overlays showing presidential terms, which could provide insight into the constantly shifting political climate in Iran.