Friday, June 15, 2007

Range of Freedom

I love this map accompanying a story in the Daily Mail about the psychological effects on kids of having no room to roam freely. Click to enlarge.

I hate that the generational labels in the map are not labeled numerically or stacked in a way that suggests a reading order - either from the present generation back, or trickier, the opposite. A good portion of the impact is lost by requiring viewers to navigate the time-sequence with no narrative build. The ideal would be a time-lapse (Flash) produced from partial renderings of the original newspaper graphic. Most newsrooms don't think about enhancing content for an online audience, but here it would have made a big impact and would have been easy to do.

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