The Energy Effect was design to create awareness of our energy use today. We wanted to educate people by allowing them to see how much energy the US is using today and why. The project consists of three different elements; an interactive installation, a small print booklet, and an online interface. Each element compares certain states energy consumption and spending to show where the most energy is being used and why.
There is also an installation piece maps out a large version of the bars used in the booklet, on a wall. Each bar showing which states consume the most energy verse which states consume the least. This allows the users to interact more with this information and walk the wall, the further they walk the more energy is used.
The booklet and the interface compare all the states against each other and against the US totals as well. These comparisons are made using the horizontal bars and a map, allowing the viewer to consume this information in multiple ways.