November 20, 2011
Before and After: Senate Race Ratings

Our most recent addition to the elections app had an analysis of the 33 Senate seats up for election in 2012. Aside from a couple brief technical bugs and, it must be said, a humiliating correction to the print version, I’m still really happy with the page. And even after dozens of mockups, it’s still pretty close to Matt Ericson’s first sketch (which seems to be pointing into Iowa, of course).



After (here’s the link)

Senate after screenshot

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November 18, 2011
Before and After: Super PACs and Campaign Finance

A few weeks ago we published a nice graphic in print about the new universe of campaign finance. Alicia Parlapiano went through dozens of drafts and ideas, but they were all just variations on an original sketch.




After campfi

Online, we published a much different presentation that suited the design constraints better. Really large graphics, especially network diagrams, don’t usually work given our space limitations online.

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November 5, 2011

I’ll use this blog to show some aspects of the work of the New York Times Graphics Department, where I work as a staff editor. I also teach a class with Amanda Cox about data journalism at NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Journalism Program, so I’ll post about internships and student work sometimes too. I’m also working on a post about a dream side of the 11 best bald men to ever play professional soccer, since you asked. (Zidane, of course; Arjen Robben, if he’s healthy; in net, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller or none of the above?)

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November 5, 2011
Before and After: 2010 House Elections

I’ve shown this image in a variety of settings, and has been was explained in depth a few times by Amanda Cox, who did most of the work, but I’m posting it here because it’s one of the favorite things I’ve ever drawn. (Admittedly, the bar is set low.)

I like this drawing for two reasons:

  1. It’s easy proof that I’m from Minnesota.  (The Lake of the Woods looms large in our world; I also forgot Texas completely and had to make another pass.)
  2. It’s strong evidence that you don’t have to be able to draw to make graphics.


Sketch - House Shift

After (and here’s the online version):


I’ve always liked seeing the final product next to some of the first sketches; they’re usually kind of elegant. I’ll post more as I come across them.

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