THE MIDDLE EAST KEY PLAYERS NOTABLE RELATIONSHIPS 

Interactive Infographic


Client

David McCandless

Website

Who Likes Whom in The Middle East?

A forced-network interactive infographic, created in collaboration with Information Is Beautiful.

Built in collaboration with David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful, this infographic allows users to examine the complex relationships between the nation-states and non-state actors which are influential in the Middle East. This infographic uses HTML5 Canvas, Coffee-Physics, and generative logic to produce a fresh graphic with up-to-date information for each visitor.

We built the infographic, from concept illustrations, through a rapid iteration process. We shared demo versions of the graphic with IIB at regular intervals throughout development, and exchanged insights into the graphic’s direction. Good dialogue allowed us to evolve the infographic’s subtleties in cooperation with IIB: the infographic’s generative nature, and its ability to cope with real-time data updates emerged directly from this conversation between developers and designers.

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