The Crisis of Credit Visualized

The following video gives the short and simple story of the credit crisis. The video was created by Jonathan Jarvis as part of his thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.

For more on my broader thesis work exploring the use of new media to make sense of a increasingly complex world, visit

While it doesn’t offer any solution, the 11-minute video does a great job explaining how we got into this mess in the first place. It’s well worth watching.