A Winning Football Interactive Map

While I often praise (but not always) the interactive graphics created by the NYTimes.com team, I think this College Football Fan map posted on October 3, 2015, is especially excellent for three reasons

While I often praise (but not always) the interactive graphics created by the NYTimes.com team, I think the  College Football Fan map posted earlier this month is especially excellent for three reasons:

  1. Use of Technology: It’s an outstanding example of using Google Maps Engine Pro (or whatever the changing product name is when you read this) with data scraped from accessible information found on the internet.  (Note: While “found on the Internet,” it is data that had to be collected with permission).
  2. The Writing and Interpretation: The sidebar map articles of certain nuances found on the map is written with insight and wit about what the data reveals about the geographic correlations between college football fans and traditions. alabama-fan(While not among the bigger revelations on the map addressed in the sidebars, the map answers a personal question I’ve had for decades about the zip code where I live: The percentage of its residents who are fans (using the NYT proxy of fans based on Facebook likes) of Vanderbilt (23%) vs. Tennessee (20%). (Big surprise is that 8% are Alabama fans.)
  3. The Design: While it uses Google Maps Engine Pro, the map’s creators’ selections of the colors and color values on the map result in a completed image that appears to be both an informative hand-crafted map and a pleasing watercolor painting. For football fans who believe their teams are a thing of beauty, this maps proves them correct.