Sophie Dyer is a designer and researcher.

As a freelancer (medieval mercenary) she specialises in visual, open source, and human rights-based investigations.

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Airwars: Public archive

Project lead on the redesign of Airwar's public archive of civilian casualty allegations and related military claims.
(January 2018 – December 2018)
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Project manager for the redesign of Airwars’ public archive of civilian casualty allegations and related military claims. The exercise ran over 12 months and involved working with the entire Airwars team as the organisation moved from unstructured research documents to a structured, searchable and accessible database. The new site put online hundreds of unpublished geolocations, images and videos from local sources. Additionally, it enabled live data visualisations, transforming not just how Airwars publicly communicated its findings, but organisation’s ability to recognise patterns and anomalies in its own data.

While the backend of the database was designed to be highly structured, the frontend focused on the qualitative narration of events, available imagery and the naming of victims. For the first time, local allegations of civilian harm were displayed alongside related belligerent strike reports and casualty assessments. To ensure the archive worked with not against real-world “muddy data”, the fields were designed to handle multiple types of input and levels of ambiguity.

The work was realised through a close and sustained collaboration with Rectangle, an external design and web development studio.