Tagged as: journalism
The World’s Appetite Is Threatening the Mississippi River
One of those ideas that tends to bounce around newsrooms is to have a narrative follow a river. Renee Rigdon and I came across one such opportunity and decided to make a sort of “target and pop-up” format. Windows cut out of scrolling cards eventually line up with highlighted portions of the map. When that happens, POP the map zooms in.
Generally speaking, it works best when the aspect ratio of the “zoom map” matches the aspect ratio of map target. In some cases that wasn’t totally possible, but you take what you can get.
Mathematically, one of the most challenging projects I ever worked on at the Journal. Kind of a nice one to go out on — this was my last project at WSJ!
The Hidden Parts of the Mueller Report
When the Mueller Report was released to the public, Joel Eastwood, Dylan Moriarty, and I pumped out this one-day project looking the categorization of redactions. Of it all, I’m most proud of this solitaire-type animation, which is totally responsive!
State of the Union: How the Topics Have Changed
Jess Kuronen and I wanted to see how Trump’s platform has changed from last year. Here, we presenting material itself, using typography to provide abstraction, rather than exiting the form entirely (with, say, a bar chart).
Mask and Reveal
I’ve been working on this component that tries to answer the question, “how do we dissect a photo?”
It’s had a few lives, but this one is my favorite: gave us handwritten annotations of her painting. We wanted to tell the reader what she had to say, and it was important that her hand was present.
Price of Climate
The Price of Climate is a series of articles that looks at the financial effects of climate change. It’s a sort of different take than we’re used to seeing. There’s no aerial shots of melting ice caps. The color scheme isn’t ocean blue.
Our design direction comes from ripping off The Weather Channel, which involved this sexy palette of nauseated highlighter colors:
Anyway, the above images are a bunch of components that spanned this multi-part series:
Source, Package, Market, and Deliver Your Own Meal Kit
A game about Blue Apron!
My favorite collaborator Jess Kuronen and I got to work with the talented Hanna Sender to talk about how meal kit companies are a logistical nightmare. In this text-based game, readers can make choices that ultimately end up in further complications. Turns out food is really hard to ship!
I got to do some illustration bugs. The theme was like, “Hurry! Capitalism is coming!”
America Didn’t Make the World Cup. So Which World Cup Country Is the Most American?
The World Cup is typically a time for newsrooms to wonder, “How can we get Americans interested in this event that we can actually plan for?”
For Gabriel Gianordoli, Jess Kuronen, and I, we figured people would want to know how other countries compare based on several metrics that really define american life:
- Geographic size
- Press freedom
- McDonald’s locations per capita
- Military spending
- Oil production
- etc etc
This project was a fun to code. It’s single page app so it had a router to direct users to different matches. Readers would be directed to the most recent match if thy arrived without a URL parameter. Unfortunately our analytics services equates unique URLs as unique projects, so we ditched that in favor of query parameters.
‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres
The Spotify Playlist
To report on the unusual Spotify IPO, The Wall Street Journal chose to create the world’s worst playlist.
10 Years After the Crisis.
It’s been a decade since the 2008 Financial Crisis, but risk hasn’t disappeared — it has simply migrated elsewhere. I loved this collaboration with the amazing Jessica Kuronen and Gabriel Gianordoli to tell this expansive story in bite-sized factoids.