Drug Quilt (2005)

The DrugQuilt is a real-time visualization of the drugs registered with the FDA to date. Built in Flash, the application is fed by a database mirroring the Drugs@FDA datafiles.

Each square in the Quilt represents a commercial entity which has registered at least one drug. When clicked, the Quilt zooms to the entity and shows all drugs they have registered with the FDA. Similarly, clicking a drug loads links to all documents on file (labels, letters, etc.). All of these steps are dynamic and database-driven.

While the project aims to present this information impartially, by providing an alternate, visual way to assess the drug landscape, it hopes to call attention to the fate of collaboration and the dynamic self in an increasingly medicated society.

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The DrugQuilt is a real-time visualization of the drugs registered with the FDA to date. Built in Flash, the application is fed by a database mirroring the Drugs@FDA datafiles.

Each square in the Quilt represents a commercial entity which has registered at least one drug. When clicked, the Quilt zooms to the entity and shows all drugs they have registered with the FDA. Similarly, clicking a drug loads links to all documents on file (labels, letters, etc.). All of these steps are dynamic and database-driven.

While the project aims to present this information impartially, by providing an alternate, visual way to assess the drug landscape, it hopes to call attention to the fate of collaboration and the dynamic self in an increasingly medicated society.

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