Census apportionment over time

With Tuesday’s apportionment announcement, we decided to create an interactive map that would look at reapportionment over time. Census also created a map like that here.

Seat changes

Gene Thorp created a cartogram with the data that appeared on page 1 of the newspaper — you can check that out here.

Putting graphics in motion

Check out my first motion graphics piece, created for part two of Top Secret America, an investigation from The Washington Post.

Motion graphics

I worked with Dana Priest to write the script and I recorded the voiceover and did all the animation in After Effects. I created the graphic with maps made by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso. I’ll write more later about the concept and execution. Let me know what you think!

Games: Testing your memory

I worked on these games last Monday for publication with Tuesday’s health section. Reporter Leslie Tamura collected a whole bunch of tests that indicate how you’re aging compared to peers. We decided to take some of those tests and replicate them for our online readers. We decided on word recall, face recognition and response time. Simple, but fun. Check them out!

Creating Live Election Results Maps

Live Results: House

On Nov. 2, midterm election day, we put up these maps that tracked the results as they came in. For Senate and Governors we had state and county-level data, and we had House districts as well. This suite of maps was published in The Washington Post, as well as on Yahoo! News and the Telegraph (UK). The maps have balance of power charting and tabular results as well as zooming and deep linking features. Read more about how we built the maps »

The Cost of War

TBI Menu

This past Sunday “Coming home a different person” launched, a project I worked on with Whitney Shefte and Alberto Cuadra, alongside reporter Chris Davenport. It features an overview video that covers the increases in traumatic brain injury cases and what doctors are doing to treat it, as well as five case studies of three soldiers and two Marines, and a graphic that explains the science of brain injury.

I initially heard about the story Chris Davenport was working on and thought, wow, this is an amazing multimedia opportunity. I went to Whitney and asked her if she’d like to work on it with me. We huddled with Chris and storyboarded out a basic flow for the intro video and the entire piece — how it would be structured and how we should integrate the graphics with the videos. Read more about how we developed this multimedia piece »

Alternative story formats: Investigation into Alaska native corporations

Two Worlds
Two Worlds

This investigation, which launched September 30, focused on Alaska Native Corporations and their explosive growth during the last decade. I combined photos, graphics and video in a multimedia slideshow. The intention was to build a relationship between the corporations and the shareholders they represent. Alaska natives are some of the nation’s poorest people, and some of the corporations that were supposed to be helping them make their way have instead been funneling money back to contractors in Washington.

Read more and see screen grabs »

Live results widget

Primary Results Widget

In preparation for the September 14 primaries, I designed this widget for the Politics front. It features house, senate and governors races that auto advance, as well as races to watch, and allows you to see all the races in one convenient spot. It was actually built out by a contractor, Zvi Band of SkeevisArts. We used it on the politics front as the live results came in, and will be able to re-purpose it for future elections.

Photos from Italy

I’ve finally posted some photos from our trip to Italy in August. Matt and I visited Venice, Florence and Rome. It was an incredible trip, and I can’t wait to go back! I loved Vatican City and a bike tour we took in Tuscany, and of course, the canals of Venice. If you want to see even more photos, look on facebook.

Liquor sales and consumption

Liquor sales

This piece on liquor sales and consumption in Virginia features the 10 top-selling liquors in the state, as well as a tax breakdown and a map showing which areas are purchasing the most liquor. I think looking at the top sellers is interesting — to see that Aristocrat sold more than Jose Cuervo or Captain Morgan. It was a quick-turnaround, fun piece that paints a picture of how Virginia drinks.