The last few seconds of the Bolt video might seem familiar to some of you, especially if you were a fan of NYT graphics in 2010 during the Vancouver Olympics. One graphic done during those Games, “Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical” by Amanda Cox, let users hear the difference between finishers. It was a totally new and awesome way of thinking about close results. At least, it was new to me.
Anyway, we thought it would be cool to employ a similar effect for the sprinters, so I asked Amanda for a hand. (Duh.) An hour later, she sent me a folder titled “why amanda should not be in charge of audio,” which pretty much proves why Amanda should always be in charge of audio.
This is about 20 percent of the folder but it has most of the fun ones. Also, FYI, the order of the highlights in this one is screwed up…we had to fix it later.