I’m still digging out from the big storm this weekend in Washington, DC. I received 24″ at my house, ranged from 14″ to over 30″ in the metro area with heaviest around Columbia, Maryland. I worked during the storm and Laris and I tallied the NWS weather spotter reports of snowfall and used the GIS to krig the a map of average depth from about 50 points (which had to be filtered to remove expired values). Then used Illustrator’s Live Trace functionality to vectorize. Preview above (for the local home page promo which didn’t have room for legend, so directly labeled the contours), full graphic below with explainer of how the storm happened (with Laura and Larry).
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[Editor’s note: Great storytelling and numerical analysis of Obama’s 2010 federal budget from The Washington Post. The introductory charting is on a single axis making it easy to compare where the money comes from and where it goes. The next tabs dig deeper, focusing on historical trends (multiple axis) and a look at the surplus/deficit. Kudos to Karen, Laura, Wilson, Jackie! Brand X uses a Tree Map visualization instead.]
Republished from The Washington Post. Feb. 2, 2010.
[Editor’s note: Props to Bonnie and Laura for this The Washington Post graphic illustrating how the TSA plans to use full-body scans to improve security at airports. Includes actual millimeter wave scans of a man. Related story.]
Republished from The Washington Post.
Security experts say high-tech imagers that detect objects beneath our clothes are vital to safe air travel. Opponents say they are intrusive and too revealing. For now, the process is an optional alternative to a traditional pat-down at airports across the country, including Reagan National and BWI. These are the two types of full-body imaging technology in use or on the way:
[Editor’s note: This panel-based audio narrative tracks the debate over reforming the United States health-care system, one of the most expensive in the world. The interactive was conceptualized in tandem with a large, full page print graphic and related article.]
Republished from The Washington Post. June 9, 2009
President Obama campaigned on promises to improve the nation’s health system. This summer, Congress will attempt to deliver on the pledge. Remaking a sector that represents one-fifth of the nation’s economy won’t be easy. Here’s a look at the present health system and its challenges, along with some of the solutions under consideration.
Screenshot below. Interact with the original . . .
SOURCES: Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Management and Budget, Kaiser Family Foundation, Alliance for Health Reform, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Senate Finance Committee, Commonwealth Fund
Interactive by Karen Yourish, Laura Stanton, Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, Sarah Lovenheim and Ceci Connolly — The Washington Post
My group interactive Head Count – Tracking Obama’s Appointments from March 2009 received an award from the SND: The Best of Multimedia Design Competition Q1 2009 in the 2a “news” category. This makes it eligible for the annual contest. Not bad for a project that’s gotten over 500,000 page views in 3 months!
An incredible set of data coupled with innovative presentation, tracking mechanisms and layers of detailed biographic and editorial information.Comprehensive, sophisticated example of a database-driven graphic. So much information, so many ways to explore it. The cross-linking and interconnectedness of the information is impressive. All in all, an impressive database graphic.
See my earlier post about this project.
[Editor's note: Augmenting textual names with iconic faces can liven up a graphic. Same goes for flags with country names. This graphic from The Washington Post's Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton does exactly that.]
Republished from The Washington Post, April 2009.
The Confirmation Race
A look at presidential transitions from Reagan to Obama. President Obama needs to fill about 500 government-agency positions that require Senate confirmation.
Related: Heat Count–Tracking Obama’s Appointees.
The Washington Post won 5 bronze awards in the Malofiej Infographics competition (SND Spain), including one for my interactive graphic District Taxi Fare Estimator published in January 2008.
Full list of Washington Post winners (all print except mine):
- Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton for U.S. History of Black Politicians
- Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for Recession 101
- Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for explanation of the high price of oil/gas
- April Umminger and Laura Stanton for the fireworks preview page
- Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso for the District Taxi Fare Estimator interactive
[Editor's note: This graphic mixes a free-form Dorling cartogram with a bar chart. Both examine the same nominal geographic data but the bar chart shows "underwater" mortgages as a percent of all mortgages while the cartogram shows the same by total per state. Since most US state choropleth maps are simply visual lists, this graphic dispenses with the map entirely and examines the thematic data through two lenses to show two different results.]
At least one in five U.S. mortgage holders – or about 8.3 million households – owed more on their mortgages by the end of 2008 than their homes were worth, sometimes called “underwater.”
SOURCE: First American CoreLogic | The Washington Post – March 5, 2009
U.S. Launches Wide-Ranging Plan to Steady Housing Market
$75 Billion Plan Would Help Borrowers Avoid Foreclosure
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 5, 2009; Page A01
The Obama administration yesterday sketched in the details of its most ambitious attempt to reduce foreclosures and stabilize the beleaguered housing market at the root of the economic meltdown.
The program has two key elements: a refinancing program for borrowers with little equity in their homes but current on their loans, and a $75 billion program to help reduce mortgage payments for struggling borrowers.
Several large lenders praised the program, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo. There were also converts among those outside the industry. “I was skeptical at first, but I think these guidelines are helpful in a lot of ways,” said John Taylor, president of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonprofit group that has been critical of industry efforts to modify mortgages.
Homeowners with loans as large as $729,750 could see their interest rates temporarily cut to as low as 2 percent under the program. The administration also said it will add new incentives to persuade lenders that hold second mortgages to give up their claims, further lowering homeowners’ debt obligations. While the Obama administration initially said it would focus on owner-occupied properties, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they would refinance loans for some second homes and investment properties, too.
That the programs would apply to mortgages worth up to $729,750 throughout the country and not just in high-priced regions surprised some industry officials who praised the move. “It will allow us to help more borrowers, especially those who have been hit hardest by the current crisis,” said John A. Courson, chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
[Editor’s note: This graphic from this Sunday’s Washington Post graphically breaks down who benefits from the bill’s spending measures. Most of the effect of the bill would be felt in 2009 and 2010. Thanks Karen!]
The centerpiece of President Obama’s domestic agenda is an $819 billion economic stimulus plan. The Senate will consider the measure this week, with an eye toward the amount of tax cuts and spending. Republicans and Democrats spar over what to consider a tax cut. An analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office tallies the tax-cut portion to be significantly less than the one-third Democrats claim it to be.
View full size (screenshot below).
SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office
[Editor's note: This interactive which I co-created for the Washington Post keeps tack of president elect Obama's major cabinet appointees with a fun, game-like interface. See who's in the running for each position, Obama's rumored pick, and read bios for officially announced nominees. Many thanks to Aly!]
View original at washingtonpost.com.
Graphic by: Karen Yourish, Laura Stanton and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, The Washington Post