New York Times: What are the Chances for Republicans?


This is an interactive graphic I was looking at earlier this week. It shows the chances of a Republican candidate winning the presidency based on how well our economy is doing, which it measures by growth of GDP. I’m a politics geek, so I was hanging out here for a while.

The graphic uses jquery to execute sliders. It’s a pretty simple use of jquery, but I really like it for that reason. It’s a good way to include a lot of complicated information in an easy-to-understand way in a small space.

There’s also a slider towards the bottom (which I didn’t notice at first) where you can adjust the candidates’ chances of winning based on Obama’s approval rating.

Simple, but highly useful and effective.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Ok… about to reveal some of my dorkiness here… this is the website for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. I remembered looking up this site when the park first opened (I love Harry Potter… come on, admit it, so do you!), and I messed around with it forever. It’s more than just a site to get you to come to the theme park – it tells the story of Harry Potter and attempts to immerse you in that world. And I think it does a good job.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The home page is an interactive map of the park. You can roll over each of the attractions, which kind of sparkle and come to life as you roll over them, immediately exciting you and drawing you in. Every element in this site has some kind of engaging interactivity. Icons enlarge, sparkle, spin – lots of fun. The only problem is that all the interactivity makes the website take a long time to load (but that might just be on my computer, which seems to be on the verge of death…).