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Felix Baumgartner’s Fall

This story is a bit old at this point, but this is a graphic I had seen ahead of Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting fall from the stratosphere. I think that in the lead up to the event, there was a lot of talk about how incredible this fall would be, but little in terms of the context of the fall. And I think the Daily Telegraph, which produces some interesting and fun graphics on a fairly consistent basis, does a good job of showing some of that context that other media outlets could have used.

Scrolling down to see the entire graphic helps sort of reinforce that you’re looking at something that focuses on the height of the fall, so I think that’s definitely working here. I also like the color variance in the labels and heights that are marked, as well as the illustration of the background and various aircraft.

Most importantly, the interactive elements seem very effective here. They’re used sparingly, which is a virtue here since there’s a lot going on visually. You wouldn’t want too much going on to distract the reader/viewer from the crucial information that’s being given here. The one thing I would change though would be to make the interactive labels rollover instead. I think the graphic would be a smoother exploration and add a little modernity.


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Third-year Convergence journalism student at University of Missouri.


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