To remind people why traditional political maps were no longer relevant, reporter/animator Adam Cole created a video to show how political money distorts political geography.
Our swing state scorecard illustrated the paths to electoral victory for each candidate. This app evolved into our election night results site, gaining animation — and an 8-bit mode (!). Hit the replay button to watch the Tetris-style results in action.
NPR's "big boards" were originally built for use by radio hosts in the studio on election night, but we realized the they would be informative and great fun for our audience, too, and they were the surprise hit of the night.
Listeners used Twitter and Instagram to share pictures of election parties, with people at home watching the raw results as they poured in.
Following the election we asked our audience to send the president a note about his second term.
This project evolved into our inauguration day application, including video and the very best of the signs sent in by our audience.
The ideas that drove our election coverage were unconventional and risky. Fortunately the early returns were as clear as the final results.