Seattle's Minimum Wage Experiment

Understanding the Seattle city ordinance that will increase minimum wage to $15

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UNDERSTANDING SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE ORDINANCE

The Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance was signed by Mayor Murray on June 3, 2014 and took effect April 1, 2015. The passing of the ordinance raised many questions from businesses and citizens, many of which were who are the people that will be affected by this wage increase and how will the increase be implemented?

This visualization aims to provide a digestible overview of the Minimum Wage Ordinance including the population’s it aims to increase the wages of and how it will be implemented through different categories of employers over time.

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PROCESS

As I continued to research and gather information, the visualization went through many different drafts and directions. Much time was spent exploring the best way to visualize certain types of data, and refining the style and curves of the Sankey diagram.

MAKING SENSE OF INFORMATION FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES

The bulk of the information used in the diagram is pulled from documents used by Seattle City Council to inform the legislative process. However, to add more color and context for the information, data for the poster is compiled from a variety of additional sources including:

DATE

SPRING 2015

SPECS

24” x 17” trim size
2-color, offset

This project was completed during an independent study on information visualization with Karen Cheng at the University of Washington.