Sure you could read the in-depth reports or watch the tiresome press conferences to find out more about Barack Obama’s cabinet team members. Or you can just use the interactive infographic from Spiegel Online that uses a carousel menu to illustrate the President-elect’s political circle (learn how to create a similar effect here). The text is in German, but you don’t have to speak the language to understand how engaging this project is.
Anyone who was ever lived or visited New York will recognize areas like Canarsie and Far Rockaway as a sort of a mythical no man’s land, the end of the line where many subway riders rarely venture. The New York Times brought these and several other train stops to life through a compelling photo project that functions as an multi-level slideshow.
The dictionary has been around for centuries, but even its current digital form not much has changed since they were first being printed. Wordia is giving the lexicon a Web 2.0 makeover by providing a forum for anyone to upload what particular words mean to them. “Refuge” is commonly defined as “shelter or protection,” but the user in the screenshot below describes refuge as “jumping into a hot shower after being trapped outside in the cold for hours.” You won’t find that in Webster’s.
Because we can’t physically see CO² emissions, it’s hard to imagine the possible destruction the gas is causing the planet. The Breathing Earth simulation attempts to visualize the effects of greenhouse gases and blends an interactive infographic with changing statistics.
CNN again makes use of its iReport feature to let citizen journalists be the ones to capture Obama’s ride on the rails as he made his way to Washington, D.C. User-generated video is blended with CNN reports and mapped to give the user an interactive feel for the journey.
There are likely hundreds of thousands of maps that document the African continent, but internet users can find all the map they’ll need at this Harvard-created interactive project. The simple map can become more and more complex as various levels of data are layered on top of each other. Below, a 2007 index of Africa’s power plants rests atop a 1770 historical map.
Imagine talking heads who don’t talk at all. The video series from BaseMotion asks several people for their opinion on an issue and instead of showing their answers, shows only the pauses, breaks, ums and aahs. The stripped-down interview is a demonstration of human idiosyncrasies and reactions, rather than an attempt to gather opinions.
It’s a human anatomy lesson cleverly disguised as a game! Players attempt to drag and drop bones in their correct locations while facing a timer. After playing the game, you’ll not only know where the phalanges and humerus bones are, but you’ll be able to identify them in record time.
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