April 23, 2014
Heather Jay Billings / @hbillings
Chicago Tribune News Applications
Highly flexible data == need for a clear audience definition
Reported crime incidents aren't a total picture of crime.
Some crimes are historically underreported.
Pluck "index crimes" out of incident-level data
Roll up to categories
Generate time series
Publish to an API
Display and enjoy!
Community area pages are the heart & soul of the site
Most recent information first makes it easy for those who visit a community area page regularly
Longer-term data & demographic information is further down the page.
(People doing research are more likely to scroll if they need to.)
Colorblind-friendly & not tied to meaning
A place to collect related Tribune crime features & display rankings
11 years of data from the Illinois State Police
Breakpoints? We don't need no stinkin' breakpoints!
Not "mobile first," but "mobile aware"
Charts: display the information you have real estate for