As DNAinfo’s visual journalist, I’ve worked on scores of interactive projects. Some are maps, some are quizzes. Some needed data, some didn’t. Here are more than a few that I’m proud of.
Public School Diversity: Perhaps the map I’m most proud of. This map shows the racial breakdown of every single NYC elementary, middle and high school and color-codes each school based on the largest racial group. It very clearly shows the level of segregation still present in city’s schools. UPDATE: This map won a 2015 Ippie award for best multimedia package.
Neighborhood Trivia: This went with a story about trivia night across the five boroughs. I’ve got a soft spot for this project because I built this completely by hand, no jQuery plugins needed.
The Midtown Lunch Finder: I built this because finding lunch in midtown sucks and I wanted to make it suck less. I put a lot of design care into it, but the coding wasn’t very sophisticated. Every single answer was hard-coded in. This was a project where I my end goal was beyond my current skill set, but I’d be damned if I let that stop me.
De Blasio’s year in words: This story required me to go through all of the mayor’s public appearances from 2014 and count up all of his words. I was originally going to do just a word cloud, but then I broke key words down by month and saw it really gave a good look at how big events took the mayor off-message later in the year. The chart’s made with Datawrapper.
Where in the World is Mitchell Silver: This one we had some fun with. The story is about how the parks commissioner was so busy traveling the world during his first year that community groups had a hard time getting a meeting with him. We got his travel records, so we figured why not just show where here’s been? The maps’s made with Odyssey.js, the plane is a custom PhotoShop job.