Thursday, November 1, 2012

Recent Work: Halloween On Wall Street 2012

I spent yesterday evening walking around lower Manhattan for an NPR blog post, which was deserted. Much of that part of the city is still without electricity.
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Recent Work for NPR: America's Most Expensive Storms

Here are two simple charts I made for a recent post on America's most expensive storms. 

It's interesting that we continue to speak about storms and their destruction in dollar amounts. The National Hurricane Center had published two different data sets that ranked America's costliest storms in two ways: one compared storms by inflation-adjusted damages they caused; the other data set compared storms by how much damage they would have done if they had hit the same areas with the same magnitude in 2010. 

You can read more about the data here.

Data Docs - an Attempt at Dynamic Video

A few months ago, I was asked by PBS/POV to partake in a hackathon. Filmmakers were paired with developers and online specialists.

I was pulled in to assist the very talented Joe Posner with animated op-ed videos. Our developer partner was Susan McGregor. We ended up conceptualizing a completely different project that we named "Data Docs."

We're still working on putting the piece together and making it functional, but here's the concept:
We want to create animations that explain data and explain both its value as a way to understand the world and its perils to skew reality. These animations would incorporate data that would be scraped live from continuously updated data bases and super-imposed onto pre-composed video animations. This would ensure that our videos would be evergreens and display the most up-to-date data.

We're hoping to get this done sometime before the end of this year. Fingers crossed!

Recent NPR Work: The 47 Percent

Here are two quick charts we made about the 47 percent.