This request for help with an interactive visualization built in d3 comes from Tim Hayes.

This interactive visualization presents the thousands of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014.

The data came from the Washington Post’s Faces of the Fallen site, which contains an impressive collection of information including the details behind each fatality alongside a photo. I appreciate the way the Post has humanized the loss of so many soldiers and I wanted offer a visualization of the individuals related to a big picture view of the total. To do so, I plotted all 6,774 data points separately rather than aggregating them in simplified charts.

It was a challenge to plot so many points in a visually interesting way and to do so while honoring those who have paid the ultimate price. How could it be improved?

Tim has posted the project on his GitHub page, the source data is available here, and you can get directly to the interactive by clicking here.