Washington Post’s Yuri Victor to join Ezra Klein’s new Project X

Yuri Victor, director of user experience at the Washington Post, is leaving newspapers to work on new media guru + policy wonk Ezra Klein‘s new project.

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Yuri tweets this morning:

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Vox Media owns such news outlets as the Verge, Eater, Racked and SB Nation.

I had no idea what Project X is, but that’s because I’m a little behind in reading the trade sites. When I asked him, Yuri helpfully sent me a link to this New York magazine article.

Wonkblog creator Ezra Klein left the WaPo a few weeks ago to start a new venture. Project X is what they’re calling it now. Klein has been hiring folks to work with him, including a number of ex-Post folks. Find a public Twitter feed here about it.

A 2005 graduate of Purdue University, Yuri served as editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper, the Exponent. He spent three years as an online editor for the Times of Munster, Ind., before becoming Product Design and Development Manager for Gannett corporate in McLean, Va. He moved to San Diego in 2010 to become the Union-Tribune‘s product design and development manager. He moved again to the Post in 2011.

Find Yuri’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

For your consideration…

I know there really isn’t anything at all that can be done about this. Still, it drives me crazy.

This was the news feed I received yesterday afternoon, via the Associated Press app on my iPhone.

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My beef, of course, is with that second headline.

“Fort Hood victims shot while lying”? Geez. What kind of lies were they telling?

The actual headline, of course, was “shot while lying down.” The ellipses after the word “lying” signals there is more to the headline.

But still, that’s just strange.

We regret that our local NFL team sucks

Chad Merda of the Chicago Sun-Times writes:

Thought you might be entertained by this. At least we are.

In our Friday Bears Extra preview app, we ran a cover story about how for the first time in a long time, the Bears have a backup QB who isn’t a total joke.

What do you do when that same QB plays like he did on Monday night?

You run a full page “correction” on the front.

In case you can’t read it easily, here’s that text from along the bottom:

In light of Monday night’s game, the crew at Bears Extra would like to apologize for the cover image on Friday’s preview edition. It was not our intention to mislead or provide false hope.

What if this were to start a new trend? Can you imagine the repercussions? Just think of ESPN and the New York City tabloids, reversing all their breathless Tim Tebow coverage. It’s downright frightening.

The Sun-Times‘ Bears Extra app is available for free at the iTunes app store. Find the free Android version here.

Average daily circulation for the Chicago Sun-Times is 422,335.

Virginian-Pilot’s David Putney to join the Boston Globe

I’ve not yet received official confirmation from the Globe. But with folks possibly in transit to Cleveland for this week’s Society for News Design conference, that might not happen for days anyway. So, what the hell.

Mark Edelen — director of online production for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. — announced to the paper today:

The Pilot‘s New England bureau is growing again: This time, online producer/designer David Putney will be moving north to the Boston Globe, where he will work on digital products, user experience and site design in the online department.

He will be joining Pilot alums Andrew Tran and Deirdre Fernandes, and his boss will be Michael Workman, whom longtime Pilot folks might remember.

David joined the Pilot in 1999 as a page designer before heading over to help found Link in 2005. He returned for another stint at the Pilot before joining PilotOnline.com in 2007. He has been integral in helping PilotOnline cover breaking news, such as the Navy jet crash [see here and here]. David also has worked with reporters and photographers to produce outstanding online projects, including A Chance in Hell and the War of 1812. He has designed graphics for the mobile app; redesigned the website for better display of stories, photos, videos and interactives; and has taken the lead on creating our upcoming City Sites.

He will be missed.

I can add only a few things to that… 1) David is a 1995 graduate of Eastern Illinois University. 2) David spent two years as a designer for Sun Publications of Naperville, Ill., before joining the Pilot. 3) Link, in case you don’t recall, was the Pilot‘s attempt at a youth-oriented daily tabloid. It was really great… until the Pilot abruptly ended the experiment and laid off most of the staff.

And 4) Mark mentions three Pilot alumni who are now working at the Globe. One might also consider Miranda Mulligan, who joined  the Pilot in 2006, moved to the online side when my graphics department was dissolved, was named design director of the Globe’s web site in 2010 and then — after the wonderful work she did there — moved to the Knight News Innovation Lab this summer.

David will work his last day at the Pilot on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Mark says.

Find David Putney’s web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Former Seattle Times editor Mark McTyre now working for Microsoft app team

Mark McTyre — a senior editor for NBCSports.com and NBCNews.com and based in Redmond, Wash. — posted last week on Facebook:

Some of you already know, but I figured I’d let the rest of the world in on the news now that we just had going-away cake here at the office.

After nearly five years at MSNBC.com/NBCNews.com/NBCSports.com, I’ll be leaving Friday to join the Application Experiences team for Windows 8 at Microsoft. The easier way of saying that is that I’ll be a Sports Editor for their new Sports app.

Leaving the NBC family wasn’t a decision that came easily, but I’m looking forward to the new adventure ahead.

He started work for Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash., yesterday.

A 1997 graduate of the University of Oregon, Mark worked at the Olympian and the Eastside Journal of Bellevue, Wash., before landing in 1998 as lead sports designer for the Fresno Bee.

He became sports design editor of the Seattle Times in 2000 and was promoted to assistant sports editor for presentation in 2006. He left newspapers for the online side in February 2008.

Find his print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

New in St. Louis: An all-electronic afternoon edition

The Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Mo., has something new for readers these days: A special evening edition called P-D P.M.

It’s viewable on tablet, smartphone or regular desktop or laptop computers and it’s free to 7-day-a-week subscribers.

Here was last night’s front page. Note the custom nameplate.

Here is last night’s page two, containing mostly briefs and shorter snippets:

Assistant managing editor for presentation Bob Rose sent us these pages from Tuesday’s P-D P.M. and answered a few questions for us:

Q: Is the material in the evening edition available only in the evening edition? None of this is reachable via your web site?

A: Much of the PM edition stuff has been published on the site, but in various forms. For example we’ll go through live chats from our writers and cull the best exchanges for a story … same with conversations in our forums. Overall I would say that:

  • 10 percent of the stuff is an early version of a story that might be in print in the following morning’s paper.
  • 10 percent of the content is user generated … user photos, conversations from our chats, forums or the Post-Dispatch Facebook pages.
  • 30 percent of the content is from breaking news  coverage during the day that would appear on STLtoday at sometime during the day.
  • 30 percent of the content is from Post-Dispatch online columns, reedited for the PM edition.
  • 20 percent is wire content, either breaking news from the day, enterprisers that don’t run on STLtoday, or entertainment-based news
  • 0 percent of it is something that would have been in the previous morning’s paper.

Tuesday’s page three held one big local story, two briefs and a large ad.

Q: You mention “tablet, desktop or smartphone.” Are there three different versions of the evening edition? Or is this one version, accessible via three avenues?

A: It’s basically one version, on all three platforms. Newspaper Direct is our e-edition partner. (They recently made a big splash with the Boston Globe‘s e-edition) The tablet version obviously has more functionality, richer user experience than the smart phone version, but all versions are designed to emulate the physical browsing of a newspaper.

Q: So P-D P.M. uses “responsive web design,” then?

A: No… newspaper direct does not use responsive web design. I think they redesign the product slightly for each different type of screen … it does not dynamically redraw like responsive design would.

Q: About what time each day is the evening edition available?

A: We tell customers it’s available for download at 6 p.m. … but it’s usually available by about 4:30 p.m.

Q: When did you launch this evening edition?

A: We’ve been promoting the P.M. edition about a month now. I think we announced it to our 7-day subscribers in early April. Now we’re making more noise about it so that both subscribers and non-subscribers know about it.

Tuesday’s page seven held entertainment news.

Q: How did this come to be?

A: This came to be after we realized how people were using the iPad, predominantly at night, and as a relaxing reading experience. So when we started on the e-Edition with Newspaper Direct, we realized we weren’t necessarily bound to some of our print conventions… We had color on every page, we could hyperlink to content … and we could deliver the news when we  wanted. So  as a bonus to our 7-day subscribers, we are supplementing their e-Editions with the PM e-editions.

Tuesday’s page eight was all sports: Two columns and a snappy, quick-hit roundup of quotes.

Q. Does it have a separate designer?

A: Right now, Wade Wilson, Tom Borgman and Carlos Ayulo are doing the bulk of the design work on it.

Q. What kind of response have you gotten from readers? Any clue yet how well this is going over?

A: I would say it’s a bit early to get the response.

We expect, any day now, to have native app versions available (currently tablet and mobile editions are seen through a browser or through a Newspaper Direct app).

We are getting about 300-500 subscribers signing up each week, and they do seem to enjoy the reading experience that the e-edition brings — although it’s certainly not for everyone. Many folks prefer either a traditional web browser experience or a native app, rather than seeing a digital replica of the newspaper. Others however, like the familiarity that the digital replica brings.

Interestingly, one reader sounded off on P-D P.M. by commenting on the Post-Dispatch web site:

Until the Globe-Democrat folded in 1984, the Post-Dispatch was an afternoon newspaper. This had been the case as part of the terms of their joint operating agreement since 1961. So the Post-Dispatch has been a morning newspaper for less than 30 years. In some ways this is a return to their roots, but in a digital format. Curious.

Read more about the new P-D P.M. edition here.

Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 191,631.

Lee Enterprises’ Will Sullivan takes government agency job in D.C.

Will Sullivan — director of mobile news for Lee Enterprises in St. Louis, Mo., and the co-director of last October’s Society for News Design workshop there — is leaving newspapers.

He posted in his blog last night:

I’m leaving Lee Enterprises to work for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Office of Digital and Design Innovation as their Mobile Products Manager in Washington D.C.

…The BBG‘s mission is, “To inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.” It’s an independent agency of the federal government focusing specifically on delivering journalism to countries who don’t have a free press or who have governments that control information access. Some of the properties include: The Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, Middle East Broadcast Network, Radio Free Asia and Europe. The gig will be executing products and partnerships across mobile and emerging platforms — from the complete spectrum of tools like SMS through the mobile/tablet device array to broadcast and ‘second screen’ social experiences. It’s very tech focused and will offer an amazing array of opportunities to learn, grow and tackle very unique challenges from low bandwidth, low tech countries to places where the leadership is actively jamming your signals and blocking your satellites. It’s going to require a lot of creativity, a lot of learning, experimenting and a whole lot of innovation.

Will is the second major digital journalism name to leave the St. Louis operation this year. Erica Smith departed the Post-Dispatch last month.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Will worked as a photographer and writer for the Toledo, Ohio, City Paper and then a designer and market researcher for the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, before moving to Florida in 2005. He worked as an online producer for Scripps’ Treasure Coast newspapers and the Palm Beach Post before moving to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2008 to become interactive director.

He spent the 2009-2010 school year serving a Donald W. Reynolds journalism fellowship at the University of Missouri, studying the development of news content for mobile devices. He was named corporate director of mobile news last June.

In addition, Will serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute and as a member of the board of director for the Online News Association. His Journedism blog covers all aspects of online journalism and is a regular must-read.

Find Will’s Twitter feed here.

Someone skipped mobile app design 101

Memo to the Associated Press:

If I use your iPhone app to check out the day’s biggest news stories, I need to see the headlines. At the very least.

If I can’t read the headlines, then your app does me no good whatsoever.

Now, many of the headlines in your iPhone app, I can read. But that screencap shows three out of four consecutive headlines that just didn’t fit the space you allotted for them.

So either kill the photos — some of which are horribly cropped to begin with (Check out that pic of Nicolas Sarkozy) — or reduce the text size a bit. Because your design is getting in the way of the content. And that’s just disgraceful.

Just an observation.

Thanks much for your attention.

Surely this will be the end of the ‘cute’ Jeremy Lin headlines

I was hoping those Mad magazine parody Jeremy Lin headlines the other day might be the last word on that topic.

But apparently not. Following Lin’s 9-turnover performance Friday night — which snapped the Knicks’ winning streak — ESPN decided to spit out one more attempt at a cute headline.

A misguided attempt at a cute headline.

I mean, really.

Not only did it appear on ESPN’s web site for about 35 minutes before it was changed — according to ESPN — but that headline was also pushed out to the network’s mobile app users.

Cyd Zeigler Jr. of OutSports found it and blogged it last night. Jim Romenesko wrote about it first thing this morning. One galling angle: ESPN has made this very same mistake once before.

ESPN apologized for the headline today. But, still.

Speaking of ESPN’s mobile app, there were other issues with it last night, as well. Grammar issues.

Darren Reese of the Jefferson City, Tenn., Standard Banner sent me this overnight. Check out the punctuation in that first headline:

For shame. Someone needs to hire ESPN a copy editor. Right after they kick the folks currently writing their headlines firmly in the ass.

ESPN has been all over the place lately, with glaring errors in its web site, mobile app and especially on TV. You’d think that ESPN would be good at TV broadcasting. They’re certainly paid enough from our cable fees. Find a recap of some of their recent bloopers here.

Both the New York Post and the Daily News struck upon the same pun for their respective sports fronts this morning:

 

The Daily News also took a swing at it on page one. Not that anyone will read it. They’ll be too busy gawking at today’s lead photo.

 

Meanwhile, the Post went with Catholic Cardinals on page one.

I’d hate to be a news vendor this morning. How many copies of the Post do you think will sell against that Daily News cover?

The tab sports pages are from the respective papers. The fronts are from the Newseum. Of course.

Washington Business Journal’s Timothy Wong moving to Washington Post

Timothy Wong, design editor of the Washington Business Journal in Arlington, Va., is moving to the Washington Post, where he’ll join the digital design team working on mobile products, reports Eddie Scarry of MediaBistro‘s FishbowlDC blog.

Scarry quotes Tim as saying:

The position seemed like a unique opportunity that would give me more exposure to the digital side of the industry. This was the right thing to do for my career as a visual journalist. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the job evolves and grows.

His last day at the Business Journal will be Jan. 27. He starts work at the Post the following Monday.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Tim interned with the Baltimore Sun, USA Today and the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. In April 2008, Timothy became art director of b, the free youth-oriented tabloid published by the Baltimore Sun. He moved to the biz news world in 2010.

A few samples of his print work:

   

Find Timothy’s portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Find the FishbowlDC blog post here.

Another view of the newsroom of the future

Here’s what a typical pod might look like in the nnewsroom of the future, according to Juan Señor of Innovation Media Consulting Group and formerly with PBS, CNBC and the International Herald Tribune.

This doesn’t look so alien at first. Until you get into the details.

Standing at the upper left is an iPad editor. He or she needs technical skills and perhaps even hands-on support from the developer of the paper’s iPad app. But much like the editor of today, he edits stories and is responsible for the final product.

On the right is the designer, who designs the front page, assembles graphics and any narrative storytelling in the app. This person will work in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

On the bottom is the newsfeed technician, who tags content from text, photo and video feeds. The description sounds somewhat like a paginator, pouring copy into holes set up by the designer. Except unlike today’s paginators, this would be a very technically-oriented position.

What I like about this rendering itself: The tiny little iPads drawn on the desks. I get so tired of visiting newsrooms where the iPad editors don’t even have iPads. You’d think equipping people properly would be a no-brainer. But apparently not.

Because of the interdependence of these positions, Juan Señor writes in Innovations in Newspapers 2011 World Report:

It is imperative that mobile teams do not operate independently and disintegrated from existing news teams. Otherwise, newsrooms face the same problematic dynamic many experienced when they hired a separate team of journalists and IT staff to publish and feed their websites.

In other words: Don’t make the same mistake twice. Please.

Magda Abu-Fadil of American University in Berut wrote up Senor’s report today for the Huffington Post, calling this a “holy trinity” model. Abu-Fadil writes:

Innovation advises publishers and editors to consider having one developer for every five journalists in a mobile newsroom.

Find the HuffPo story here. Buy the report here, directly from Innovation.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you a project my old pal Rob Montgomery has been involved with: Furnishing the newsroom of the future.

Flash finally dies 19 months after it was mortally wounded by Apple

Jack Shafer of Reuters said it best, perhaps, today via Twitter:

[Steve] Jobs wins one from the grave.

Adobe Systems announced today it was abandoning development of a Flash player for mobile devices. This comes after announcing Tuesday the company will lay off up to 750 employees.

   

Flash runs on neither Apple’s iPhone nor iPad, thanks to decisions made by Steve Jobs himself. In April of last year, Jobs famously wrote an essay called “Thoughts on Flash” — posted and still available on the Apple web site — in which he said:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Adobe responded — not with the technical response users needed, but with a propaganda campaign instead.

Subsequent attempts by Adobe to create a Flash platform that runs well on a smart phone or tablet have failed. Mike Isaac of Wired reports:

In Wired.com’s testing of the BlackBerry PlayBook in April, Flash use caused the browser to crash on a consistent basis. And when Flash was supposed to come to tablets with Motorola’s Xoom, Adobe was only able to provide a highly unstable Beta version of Flash to ship with the flagship Android device.

“Adobe has lost so much credibility with the community that I’m hoping they are bought by someone else that can bring some stability and eventually some credibility back to the Flash Platform,” wrote software developer Dan Florio in a blog post on Wednesday morning.

Seems like only yesterday that graphics types were forced to abandon FreeHand and move to Adobe Illustrator. But that was four-and-a-half years ago, believe it or not.

So, what does this change for visual journalists who use Flash?

1. If you want readers to access your work — or to ever access your work — from smartphones, iPhones and iPads, then stop using Flash. Right away.

2. Learn HTML5. Now.

3. While you’re at it, you might consider concentrating less on apps and more on responsive web design. Especially given the whiz-bang stuff we saw demonstrated at the Society for News Design workshop in St. Louis in September (Read this and this and scroll though this presentation).

What else? Anyone?

UPDATE – 3:40 p.m.

From the Kicking Adobe While it’s Down department…

Here’s a Tumblr blog made entirely of gripes — and they’re all quite legitimate — about bugs in the user interface for Adobe products.

I’ve used Adobe products for decades. Most of these, I didn’t know about. Fascinating stuff.

Thanks to Lori Grunin of CNet for tweeting about this today.

UPDATE – 6:45 P.M.

This piece by Joshua Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab does the best job I’ve seen yet of measuring the impact to visual journalists.

But was it damaged by the earthquake?

I got this little beauty this afternoon, along with my daily dose of e-mail spam:

Given the issues lately with the Washington Monument (go here, here and then here) I question the timing of this particular campaign.

Coming next: Ads that compare the Washington Post‘s app to the U.S. manned space program. And President Barack Obama‘s poll numbers. And the new season of Glee.

The product itself is an app for your Android. Look for it here.

Look for this ad campaign to turn up in a place like this very shortly.

San Diego’s Yuri Victor to join Washington Post

Yuri Victor — digital content and design manager for the San Diego Union Tribune — announced this morning via Facebook:

Excited to announce I’m heading back to DC to work at The Washington Post.

Yuri tells us:

I’ll be designing news applications for washingtonpost.com. The position is a chance to move back into the newsroom in full and focus on the reporting side of design while getting a chance to work with Joey Marburger again — the fourth time.

I will miss the folks at The San Diego Union-Tribune. The entire crew has been an inspiration and I was lucky to work with them. I’ve never had a better time working at a newspaper and I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to the Post.

A 2005 graduate of Purdue University, Yuri served as editor-in-chief of the paper’s student newspaper, the Exponent. Where, yes, he worked with his pal Joey Marburger.

Yuri spent three years as an online editor for the Times of Munster, Ind., before moving to McLean, Va., in 2008 to be Product Design and Development Manager for Gannett. In 2009, Yuri and some colleagues created a site to help folks swap houses during furloughs, turning a “staycation” into a “furcation.” He moved to San Diego a little over a year ago.

He begins his new job Oct. 10.

Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Space shuttle media gaffes… and more wonderful shuttle graphics

We’ve seen the last launch of the U.S. space shuttle program. As you can see from this photo posted today by Tom Burton of the Orlando Sentinel.

Read more about the launch in the Sentinel.

Despite the iffy weather, the launch went off pretty smoothly except for a one brief, nerve-wracking moment. With just over 30 seconds to go, there was a report that one of the umbilical arms hadn’t retracted properly. The countdown was frozen until launch pad surveillance cameras could verify the arm was in the correct position.

THREE MEDIA LAUNCH DAY GAFFES

1) CNN: So it was with disgust that I watched CNN turn from its panel of experts and start to interview people on the beach. This one gentleman complained mightily that they had nearly canceled the launch because of a TV camera.

Hey, I understand the importance of “man on the street” interviews. But I don’t like having my time wasted with folks who happen to be underinformed at the the moment. Anderson Cooper had two experts sitting right there with him. I’d rather hear what they have to say, not what some yokel on the beach — who has misheard the call on a NASA squawk box — is pontificating about.

2) AP: The next glitch was by the Associated Press. I admittedly don’t have my hands on the actual bulletin, but a number of folks I follow on Twitter pointed out that the AP reported:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Bad weather forces to NASA call off Friday’s launch of Atlantis on the final shuttle flight

And clearly, that wasn’t the case. I can only assume that the AP had that bulletin ready to go and then someone punched the wrong button.

3) Philadelphia Inquirer: The third glitch happened in Philadelphia, of all places. The Inquirer announced via its Twitter feed:

The Challenger has lifted off for the last mission by an U.S. space shuttle

Ahem. Wrong. The Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, more than a quarter-century ago. Thanks for playing, though. Johnny, please tell the Inky what consolation gifts they’ve won.

Everybody can make typos and mistakes. But at a time when we’re trimming staff and reducing coverage, it’s more important than ever before to maintain our credibility. By being a little more careful. Especially when we don’t have a copy desk to back us up.

Which is pretty much always the case on Twitter.

Now, let’s move on to a couple more cool space shuttle presentations…

EXPRESS

Washington, D.C.

Average daily distribution: 183,916 copies

A bunch of papers put the shuttle on page one today. Most used pictures of Atlantis on the pad, preparing for launch. A few used file shots of other shuttle launches over the years.

Perhaps the most interesting — from a pure design point of view — was this one by Express, the Washington Post‘s free commuter tab:

Note how the countdown — reversed out of the photo in white type — fades into the bright spot caused by the shuttle’s engine plume.

Gorgeous design. Just gorgeous.

Normally, I’d question using a launch photo — in this case, a nine-year-old file shot of Columbia from Getty Images — the day of a launch. But Express doesn’t print on Saturday. So they won’t have the problem most papers would have, of tomorrow’s front page looking a lot like today’s.

PLAIN DEALER

Cleveland, Ohio

Circulation: 254,372

Master graphics geek Bill Neff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer built a giant space shuttle graphic that is yet another wonderful addition to the cool pieces we’ve seen this week.

Click for a larger view:

This is a great overview of the shuttle and its various pieces. The rail down the right side shows what vehicles will be used next to ferry astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station — the Russian vehicles, top, and the new U.S. ships under development.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

New York, N.Y.

Circulation: 2,117,796

And then there is an interesting interactive presentation posted this week by the Wall Street Journal that recaps the entire shuttle program. Every mission.

You know you’re in for an interesting ride when you have to stop to read a primer before you can understand the graphic.

The graphic consists of a giant grid of 135 symbols. Here’s just a portion.

Each block shows one shuttle mission.

  • The circles are color-coded to the five shuttles in the fleet (five total; three have survived the program, as you know).
  • The symbol inside the circle denotes what type of mission it was: Satellite delivery, International Space Station or Mir service, military mission and so on.
  • The width of the circle shows the number of orbits. The thicker the circle, the longer the shuttle stayed in orbit.
  • The actual diameter of the circle shows the altitude the shuttle flew. For example, missions to Hubble had to fly to a much higher Earth orbit than did missions to the space station.

As if all that wasn’t enough, click on any mission to pull up details of that flight, including the official mission patch.

 

The squares themselves are arranged in chronological order. But you can rearrange them any way you like. Or filter them to show just one shuttle.

It’s not a quick read. But if you have a higher-than-average interest in the U.S. shuttle program, then you’ll find yourself spending way too much time with this piece.

The presentation was built by Journal staffers Andrew Garcia Phillips, Madeline Farbman, Nagasree Ketineni, Erik Brynildsen and Robert Lee Hotz.

Go here to see a shuttle graphic by Alberto Cuadra of the Washington Post and a local-driven shuttle multimedia presentation by the York (Pa.) Daily Record.

Go here to see a shuttle graphic by Jennifer Borresen of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Go here to see my own space shuttle history graphic that ran in a South African newspaper back in March.

Go here to see the stunning shuttle special section in Wednesday’s Orlando Sentinel.

Go here to see a collection of space shuttle pages from Sunday.

Go here to find a collection of pages from last May’s final flight of the shuttle Endeavour.

Feel free to text someone about this graphic

Here’s a cool — and fun — little graphic from today’s Wall Street Journal:

The story itself — by the Journal‘s Anton Troianovskiis here.

My take on the data: Verrrry interesting. A real game-changer for the mobile-first crowd. And perhaps not unexpected at all.

My take on the graphic: Y’know, it’s funny. Seems like the Wall Street Journal becomes more and more like USA Today every day. As a huge fan of USA Today, I mean that in the best way possible.

Thanks to Chris Krewson of Variety.com for retweeting this today.

William Couch to leave newspapers and join Twitter

William Couch — an interactive designer who played a huge, huge role in building USA Today‘s uber-successful apps for the Android, iPhone and iPad — announced tonight he will be leaving USA Today and joining Twitter as a software engineer.

He made the announcement earlier today on Twitter. Of course.

William writes today in his blog:

Twitter has witnessed phenomenal growth both in its offices and on its servers. To cope with this, they’ve built a small, efficient, and skilled team to build beautiful, functional web applications that give tremendous power to the staff to visualize and work with the Twitter network… I’ll be joining this team to do front-end web development, design, and visualization work.

Couch begins his new job in San Francisco on May 2, he says.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan, William served a fellowship at the Poynter Institute before going to work as a multimedia artist for the Orlando Sentinel. USA Today interactive hired him away in March 2009.

Find William’s personal web site here, his portfolio here, his Flickr feed here, and his Tumblr blog here.

And, of course, find his Twitter feed here.

Free to SND members: Classes on mobile design

The Society for News Design is offering a two-day class in news design for mobile devices.

The class is being offered twice:

  • March 25 and 26 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and
  • April 8 and 9 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The instructors will be Jeremy Gilbert — of Northwestern U. and former design director of the Fort Myers News-Press, the St. Petersburg Times and Poynter.org — and Dave Stanton, information strategist and former web development instructor at the University of Florida.

Most importantly, the classes are free to SND members, thanks to a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Non-members pay $317.49 to attend.

(Which is pretty funny, considering a year’s membership would cost you only $110. So naturally, if you’re not a member, you should join up immediately, then sign up for the class and attend for free. Which, I think, is the intent.)

The blurb for the class, as provided by SND training director Melissa Angle:

You’ve just started to feel comfortable with web design but suddenly only mobile matters. Don’t fret, you’re not too late to embrace this next wave of skills and technology. In this two-day course, we’ll explore what is known about mobile usability and teach you the some techniques for creating mobile-friendly tools.

Using HTML, CSS and Javascript frameworks, we’ll help you translate information into mobile applications and ensure a great user experience for your audience.

While web design experience is not absolutely necessary, familiarity with HTML and CSS will make your workshop experience much better.

While web design experience is not absolutely necessary, familiarity with HTML and CSS will make your workshop experience much better.

Go here for more details and to sign up for the Nashville class. Ditto for Evanston here.

SND is setting up all sorts of training opportunities this year — many of them will be free to members. Check out the master calendar here.

Find the SND home page here.