Sequencers were as impassioned about yesterday’s final tally as the rest of America, but in addition to biting our nails about the electoral college, we had our eye on something special – election coverage design. Whether it was CNN’s interactive touchscreen or New York Times‘ amazingly informative infographics, today’s water cooler talk was as much about design as it was about politics. Here are a few of our favorites:
The overwhelming winner was New York Times’ “Paths to the White House”:
This interactive flow chart allowed users to play with it and see each candidate’s chances in different scenarios, winning different swing states, and how their chances changed as states were won or lost. Sr. Project Manager Lindsey Holtaway was “loving how easily it visualizes some pretty complex data and identifies the odds tied to each scenario. The design itself is elegant and simple (and a lovely + rewarding interaction that begs to be explored).”
Another New York Times favorite was this day-after diagram that demonstrated precinct-by-precinct shifts in a simple and elegant animation (click through to see it in all its glory):
While the New York Times was an obvious favorite, lots of us found our electoral inspiration on other parts of the web, too.
We gave Rasmussen College’s Guide to Political Terminology a thumbs up:
And also loved the storytelling of President Obama’s “The Life of Julia” (click through to interact):
What were your design winners and losers of Election 2012?