Learning If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design
Adding more text is a bad way to compensate for bad design.
Learning Discrimination by Design
Discriminatory design and decision-making affects all aspects of our lives: from the quality of our health care and education to where we live to what scientific questions we choose to ask. Here are just a few of the many tangible, visual examples that humans interact with every day.
Learning Interactive Data Journalism: A One-Semester Syllabus
Data journalism draws on a remarkable array of skills—everything from statistics to graphic design to FOIA requests.
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We knew we wanted to tell the story in a way that was more concrete than just words on a page. We decided to create a 3D graphic that would tell the story of that night’s events.
Last year, an interactive graphic about insurance turned out to be one of ProPublica’s most popular pieces of the year. I’m going to tell you about some things we learned in the process of designing and building it, from its bovine origin story to the challenges of visualizing an eyeball.
Lots of everyday objects are designed to prevent errors—saving clumsy and forgetful humans from our own mistakes or protecting us from worst-case scenarios. Sometimes designers make it impossible for us to mess up, other times they build in a backup plan for when we inevitably do. But regardless, the solution is baked right into the design.
Typography is an aesthetic choice, but it’s also an interface element that can help keep drivers and astronauts safe—or put real people in danger.
Chances are, you probably think your mind works pretty well. But, in reality, our brains fool us all the time with blind spots and biases. So what can we do about it? Let’s examine how graphics, including charts, interactives and other visual tools, can help show us the shortcomings of our own minds.
Mixed skill sets, varying audiences and a basic lack of agreement on the purpose of journalism stand in the way of multi-country, data-driven journalism. But Eva Constantaras says the potential is too great to give up on.
Made at our recent code convening, broca creates a system for easier experimentation and implementation of natural language processing.
GIFs and other looped images are mightier than journalists might imagine. Lena Groeger explains the legend, the myth, the GIF.
Opportunities overfloweth in journalism code—so why aren’t more journalism students signing up for computer science classes? Lindsey Cook reports back on a year of research.
On the web, audio has never received the wide browser support that images and videos have enjoyed. What gives? What’s next?
Sometimes you write a piece of software and it gets used for purposes you didn’t quite imagine at the time. Sometimes you write a piece of software and it unexpectedly rearranges your life.
How NPR’s picture stories have changed—and the design principles and iterative work behind all the changes.
The Census Bureau’s population counts make trends in household makeup easy to track. All you need are two things: an understanding of how the Census asks Americans about households and relationships, and where to find the right tables amid the haystack of tabulations. That’s what this post aims to help you with.
Jake Harris on data visualization, empathy, and representing people with dots
D’Vera Cohn on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marriage Data But Were Afraid to Ask
Jeremy Merrill and Ken Schwencke explore the fine art of anticipating and catching errors while wrangling the eccentricities of US elections data.