Cincinnati Counts

Interactive survey and data visualization exhibit with real-time updates, custom CMS, and selfies.


  • Lead Developer


  • Cincinnati Museum Center


  • Ideum


  • C#, Unity, TypeScript, Electron, Vue, Laravel, PHP


  • 2019 - 2020

Developed in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Cincinnati Counts is an interactive exhibit developed for the Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibit reveals the diverse traditions and identities that make Cincinnati unique. It invites visitors to contribute by providing their own perspectives and identities. Visitors can explore recent and all-time responses and compare their responses with others’.

The exhibit pairs an interactive survey application with animated data visualization. Visitors contribute responses to questions on survey kiosks and explore recent and all-time responses on a massive wall projection.

Cincinnati Counts is part of the Cincinnati Museum Center’s new You Are Here exhibit slated to open in 2020.

Visitors approaching the survey kiosks see a pulsing attract animation with an invitation to begin. After tapping on the screen, visitors capture a selfie or select a predefined avatar. Visitors then answer a short series of questions on their relationship to Cincinnati. Other visitors can see the current participant’s real-time progress projected in the visualization. With the survey questions answered, visitors submit their responses, including them in the data visualization.

Results of the survey, both recent and historical, are visualized through animations projected on a nearby wall. Visitors compare their responses to others’ and explore patterns illustrated through the data visualization. Whimsical animations reveal novel correlations between survey questions and response groups. For example, “56% of people born between 1992 and 2012 prefer Cincinnati-style Chili.”

A custom content management system (CMS) gives exhibit curators the ability to customize and update the experience. Through a web-based application, curators can add, remove, and edit survey questions. The CMS allows curators to configure application behavior, such as correlation thresholds. It also allows staff to remove offensive user-submitted images.