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It’s All in the Edit – But Who’s Doing the Editing?

Liestal Fire Festival - The Riot Cut

“Auto-Awesome” or “Auto-Warzone”? Who’s editing what you see on the web?


Visualising UK Ministerial Lobbying & “Buddying” Over Eight Months

Barclays Ministerial Meetings

Back in January 2013, the Guardian published a piece about a scheme (entitled “buddying”) that granted access to the heart of government to various multinational companies. It seemed like lobbying on steroids, so I contacted one of the authors of the piece (James Ball) …


How We Made the Ministerial Lobbying & “Buddying” Visualisation

A discussion of some of the techniques we used and the technical bits’n’pieces behind the visualisation of over 6,000 meetings between 100 UK government ministers and over 3,500 organisations.


Visually disruptive overlays AKA “those irritating pop-up things that seem to be everywhere nowadays”

Schwer sauer by Achim Hering

Visually disruptive overlays are the new pop-up. You know the things I mean – you’ve followed a link to what looks like an interesting article, but as soon as you load the page the content you actually want to see is covered by a …


Accessible Scroll-triggered Modal Overlay using jQuery

(or “How to put a visually disruptive overlay in front of your users without annoying them so much they instantly leave your site”)

This is the techie companion post to our discussion on visually disruptive overlays AKA “those irritating pop-up things that seem to …


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