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: Digital advocacy tools

Digital tools, data analysis and visualisation e.g. maps and videos for social media, the 'victim in focus' feature on Airwars homepage and data modelling for in-depth reports.
(October 2017 – March 2019)
#human-rights #open-source

Strike Map
Since August 2014, the US-led Coalition declared the date and nearest population centre for 30,801 air and artillery strikes in Iraq and Syria against so-called Islamic State. During this time the Coalition admitted to causing over one thousand civilian deaths. In December 2018, without reason, it stopped saying where or when it bombed—making it impossible to know who is responsible for civilian deaths and injuries. Airwars has tracked and mapped every known strike. We ask the US and its allies. Reverse the decisions. Restore accountability.

Data: Airwars
Data wrangling, script and art direction: Sophie Dyer
Design and development: Rectangle


War in Numbers
On the five year anniversary of the international war against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, here is a visual guide to the conflict and its untold impact on civilians.

Data and script: Airwars
Script and art direction: Sophie Dyer
Design and development: Rectangle


Victim in Focus
The Victim in Focus feature on Airwars’ homepage tells the individual story of different alleged civilian casualty every week. The story is automatically generated from Airwars’ database of named victims, leaving researchers to add additional details and select an image when appropriate, before publishing to the site.

Data: Airwars
Data wrangling: Sophie Dyer
Design and development: Rectangle