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May 10, 2011

Arranging the names on the 9/11 Memorial

Names from the 9/11 Memorial
This autumn a new memorial commemorating the September 11th terrorist attacks will open at the Ground Zero site in New York City. The memorial will feature the names of the 3,500 victims of the attacks, and THAT led to quite a technical challenge.

It would have been easy to just arrange the names in alphabetical order. But the designers wanted the names arranged by affinity... so friends would be listed together, as would co-workers, colleagues, etc. Families of the victims submitted nearly 2,000 different requests for names to be placed next to other names.

The task of arranging the names fell to designer and vizualization expert Jer Thorp. There's an article on how he did it on fastcompany.com.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 10, 2011 06:21 AM