Editorial design, Information design
A sample of editorial graphics produced to enhance stories on news.com.au. Many of these graphics we produced under breaking news events, i.e. produced under very short timeframes. The process for breaking news events is to create a graphic to support an event as soon as possible and then iterate on enhanced versions as the story develops. Steve Duenes and Archie Tse from the New York Times spoke about this recently.
When the Swine Flu outbreak initially happened articles were enhanced by a static map that I manually updated. When the event proved to be an ongoing story, the multimedia team and I created a flash system that could be updated quickly and easily by the editors.
After constantly producing a number of charts for the Business section, I implemented the use of AM Charts on to news.com.au. This allows editors to quickly add or update charts on their sections with very minimal use of a designer. This improved work flow for the design team and the editors that wanted simple data charts supporting their stories.
Many breaking news events involve natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, Tsunamis and major storms to name a few. Most require a quick location map as the first graphic to highlight the affected areas.
The next graphics are usually infographics that are designed to help the reader make sense of the situation or to provide more context to the event.