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Currently still in "preview mode", 9/11 plus Me [usatoday.com] by newspaper USA Today, provides a minimalistic but consistent circular interface to encourage the exploration of various newsworthy aspects behind the disaster. The visual concept of concentric rings is used to represent time (e.g. each year is an individual ring), while they also act as a quantitive measure to denote more complex information, such as the combination of a numerical data value (e.g. financial grants, distance in miles) versus the respective relative location to you (captured through your Facebook profile).

All available content is divided in separate categories, ranging from qualitative stories like "Key Events", to more factual information like "Security Costs", "Lives Lost" and data about "The Towers". The "plus me" part is based on your personal information gathered from Facebook (or through a short survey), so that the available information becomes displayed in relation to your age, location or other personal demographic.


Oh no! Circles. I wonder what a certain Business Intelligence evangelists will make of this? :-)

Wed 07 Sep 2011 at 12:40 PM

I have to say this is one of the worst visualizations I have seen in a while. It fails in legibility, engagement and, ultimately, meaning. But then again, it's USA Today, so why am I surprised...

Thu 08 Sep 2011 at 5:23 PM
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