My congressional district maps have gotten a lot of use … this EXIM Bank interactive has two of them! But more interestingly, the maps are topped by scrubbable, linked small multiples similar to ProPublica’s Ambulances for Dialysis Patients on Rise. Unfortunately they break the small multiple rules and don’t have a consistent y-axis, but the guy paying the bills insisted. But still, it was an interesting challenge to solve and at least cools cool.
The final published project looks fairly simple, which I take as evidence of success. Major kudos to Oxfam’s Chris Hufstader and Scott Sellwood for narrowing the focus and editing down the content to just the essentials.
Map shapes came from ever-amazing Natural Earth rendered in the Robinson projection using D3 and TopoJSON. To reduce the size and complexity of the map, the custom TopoJSON includes one object with all the land shapes, and another with just the shapes of the 36 supported countries.
This project was also my first time using Aight to provide IE8 support. I didn’t both trying to come up with a map alternative for IE8 users, but the list view and the country detail pages work well.
The annual 50 Richest Members of Congress project is big deal in CQ Roll Call land. This year 27 reporters, researchers, developers and fact-checkers worked on the project over the past 3 months. It’s generally a big hit and gets oodles of page views months and months after it goes up. This year we added lots more data, like breakdowns of asset types, with filtering, sorting and a graph view to help navigate through all the numbers.