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New Job, Same Desk

Monday, May 12th, 2008

cairo online process

Starting last week, I officially turned my day-job attention to online web graphics instead of the previous focus on print maps and graphics (only done a few thousand of those!). I am still working for The Washington Post’s NewsArt department but will now be collaborating with my colleagues over at to produce interactive graphics from inside the Washington Post newsroom in downtown Washington DC.

Alberto Cairo has some interesting things to say about creating the same infographic for print and the web. (Flowchart above credit Alberto Cairo.)

I’ll still have some cartographic duties (like map editing and the weekly real estate value maps) but my primary focus will be on interactive maps and graphics.

Here’s my first week’s efforts:

Careless Detention: Medical Care in Immigrant Prisons

The latest from Pulitzer prize winner Dana Priest and Amy Goldstein, co-published with 60 Minutes.

  • Day 1: Flash map with HTML table below listing out the mouseOver data. The age and origin charting were dropped from the online presentation but the raw data is present in the table and mouseOvers. The map is auto plotting long-lat pairs out of a KML data file onto the Albers projected map and getting the mouseOver and name from the KML markers :)
  • Day 2: Satellite map as JPG of the print graphic.

Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Breaking news, natural disaster, humanitarian crises in south-east Asia.

  • Day 1: in Flash with mouseOver behaviors directly linking text descriptions to map locations.
  • Day 2: in HTML with html image map on JPG linking down to table entrees about map locations.