Finding the Quiet City

I would like to recommend this site: Finding the Quiet City, by New York Times.

The homepage of this website (project).

The homepage of this website (project).

It’s another black backgrounded site, and again, black means quietness here. The overall design of this homepage is very simple – users don’t have to scroll. Just click the tiny squares following each district, users will be able to see various spots within that districts.

At the very top of the page, there’s a link that you can go to the article section. However, the article section design is an usual news style – white background, black fonts. If the article could be in the same black, quiet style, that would be greatly appreciated.

Not like other fancy sites, the video clips won’t automatically play until users click on it. There are reader comments showing on it. When you play it, it ends soon after the beginning. It is good. The natural sound and the scenery really fit the topic, quiet. When one clip is over, it automatically goes to the next clip – a kind of auto navigation.

Another reason this site is considered well designed is the graphics part. After clicking “view all 816 submitted places” on the upper right, users are led to a map page.

When you go to the "816 submitted places" link, you will see this New York City map.

When you go to the “816 submitted places” link, you will see this New York City map.

In this page, you can navigate the same thing in different way. The homepage is a slide show kind of display, and this page is more interactive.

When you move your mouse onto these spot names, a brief introduction and a video snapshot (if has one) will show up.

When you move your mouse onto these spot names, a brief introduction and a video snapshot (if has one) will show up.

Users can even add their own ideal quiet spots by clicking “add your quiet spot” on the upper left of this page.

If you click "add your quiet spot" button on the upper left side, this little red locating arrow will show up, and you can add anywhere you think is a quiet spot.

If you click “add your quiet spot” button on the upper left side, this little red locating arrow will show up, and you can add anywhere you think is a quiet spot.

The combination of text, video, and interactive graphics is well displayed and organized. The entire tone of this site echos the theme of the project, to be quiet.  Allowing users to participate is a brilliant decision.

 

Link to the website http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/quiet/#/photos/inwood_hill/

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One response to “Finding the Quiet City

  1. I like the design. It seems you have no choice to click anything except the video in the middle. So users will focus on the video to scroll it horizontally. The map is very useful. Using map is alway the popular way to guide and organize information.

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