In telling a story on the state of nuclear proliferation, I wanted to approach the subject from several different angles. First, I wanted to address the international rhetoric supporting arms control and nuclear weapons abolition. This was well suited to a map projection, which provides snapshot of how many regions, countries, and leaders are involved in the issue and how global the verbal consensus is on the issue.
Taking these quotes, I wanted to juxtapose them against both contemporary briefs of how different nations’ policies are being enacted and how this is indicative either potential hope or status quo in actually approaching a world without WMD. In researching the background of the major nations involved in international diplomacy around the issue (DPRK, India, and Pakistan are not signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty) it was clear that the rhetoric could not match actual spending and weapons deployments.
Lastly, the timeline is an amazingly effective storying telling toll because it so easily allows you to present multidimensional to the user through a intuitive interface. The timeline tells the story of the major arms treaties since 1945 and juxtaposes them with weapons levels of the USSR and US. From watching the animation, the user will find that clearly some treaties were effective and delivered quickly and some were ineffective to say the least.
The overall picture I hope to provide is one that examines the state of our nuclear-armed world in an engaging way that inspires the user to dig into the contemporary politics, historical questions, or strategic questions around the issue.
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