Teaching Examples

Interactive map: Islam in Europe
April 2, 2007, 3:10 pm
Filed under: design, Flash, graphics, interactive, journalism, maps, online

This map from MSNBC.com is a great example of a clear, easy-to-understand interface. You don’t need any instructions at all to figure out how it works.

Islam in Europe

I’m a huge fan of the single-screen, no-scrolling approach. This package fits on my 1024 x 768 screen with absolutely no scrolling, and even the text blocks that open up are short enough that no scrollbars are required. That is writing for the Web at its most savvy. Plus, the whole package loads like lightning.

What’s missing? A date. When was this package last updated? How current are these numbers? That’s the only flaw.

Taking it to the next level: Hook this graphic up to the live news database and show us, when we click on an individual country, the latest stories that mention BOTH that country and either Islam or Muslim. And offer an RSS alert too, while you’re at it.

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