Friday, April 04, 2003

The Ballet Behind Battle

Here's a Times graphic that adds simple interactive features; the tanks don't move forward, the map moves backward! Still, the interactivity does add value to the newspaper graphic - unlike their daily action map.

Now, if the Times would just donate it to the Project so some enterprising Flasher could turn the tanks into flash symbols and move them over the terrain!

Orchestrating Combat
For comparison with the above, here is a Post graphic in normal newspaper format. Note that it's hard to know where to start looking. The Times graphic above nicely uses scenes to fix this shortcoming of static illustrations.

(Still, I love the fact that I don't have to drag this map around just to see it in a too-small box--like many of the Times maps).

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