Going to the End of the Line

This article by the New York Times shows a variety of different stories from individuals as they travel to, live, or work at “the end of the line” or the last stop on the train or subway.

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One this I really like about this piece is that it gives you an image of the setting as a way of organizing the content. For someone who is familiar with New York or takes these trains, this is a familiar image. For those who don’t know New York, the colors and map and index provide an easy way to understand where and what we’re looking at.

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The other optional view of the stories is this grid piece. I like this one a lot as well, because it still shows you where each story is, but also gives you images. I like that the images are black and white in contrast to the line symbols (the little circles).

Each story is different, some are photos, some are video, others are audio or print. I think combining all of these elements allows the viewer to explore and play with the different stories, rather than always looking at the same type of story or image.

I was going to add more images from the site but NYT has been going down lately. But I love the simple design of the piece, especially that it doesn’t really require any scrolling or clicking through, you only have to click what you want to see, so navigation isn’t too complicated and pages don’t go annoyingly deep.

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2 responses to “Going to the End of the Line

  1. This webpage is so interesting! When I ride the subway, I always wonder what the end is like. NY Times has done a great job putting those images sorted by each end into an interactive photo slide show. And it is easy to navigate. Each slide show is organized by each subway line. Pictures are gray, kind of speak to the desolation of some ends. But when you put your cursor on the picture, it will turn colorful to give viewers a different look before taking them to the slide show.

  2. I like the approach how the designer organized the information by the map, and how they used grids design to organize all the elements including photos and videos, which are just filled in one “box”, so readers can have a overview of all the places.

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