Election interactives: 3 visual presentation insights

I’ve watched election returns mostly online since my long-ago start in the Washington Post’s online newsroom. The online geek in me loves seeing how different outlets handle the data almost as much as I like learning the results.

This year, the leap in sophistication of data visualization was particularly fun. There were lots of good lessons, and the New York Times really set the standard. (more…)


Fun graph: New data shows true screen sizes

EDF got nice attention lately for our apparently ground-breaking use of responsive design. Ironically, that came just as we started to think about screen resolution in a new way.

Jakob Nielsen recently wrote about screens getting bigger over time (right). Useful data, but it only goes so far. Just because we can view Twitter feeds at 1920×1600, do we?

It turns out that we might not.

We don’t always keep our browser window at the maximum size. We change it as we click around. And some of us use toolbars, which shrink the actual space available to see sites. With all the variation, how are people are really seeing our sites?

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Click to Print: An installation at Artomatic


I usually post about putting things online — but this post is about taking them offline.

If you live in DC, you might know already about Artomatic. In short: 1,300+ artists and performers take over an 11-story building, filling it with art, performances and activities for five weeks. It’s completely volunteer-run, and a pretty mind-blowing experience of unfiltered creative endeavors.

I’m part of the marketing team, and I also contributed an installation, called “Click to Print.”

Why? (more…)