Spanish General Election 2015
Organisation: El Español (Spain)
Publication Date: 04/10/2016
Size of team/newsroom:large
DescriptionOur election map covered the last Spanish General Election. It was updated in real time, providing results to thousands of visitors at that moment. The goals were simple: to create a mobile-friendly map, well designed and interesting for the user. It covers the election in national, regional and local level. Apart from the double zoom, the user can also search for a city. This news app is complemented by a depth analysis of results published in few hours. It is an exercise in data journalism realized by automating processes and real-time analysis. It is available in the "resumen" tab.
What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?We spent a lot of time thinking and analysing how election maps were done in other countries such as the US. We decided to use a double zoom instead of reloading the page again, as a way to improve the coherence and the speed of the website. This is the opposite of the usual database-driven map, where you click on a region and then you have to load another website with that set of results. The speed was crucial, and also the design. We focused a lot on designing a good map, choosing the right colors and annotating it with roads, country boundaries and labels. There’s also a low simplification level. Instead of compressing the map and losing geographical accuracy, we decided to produce a quality map. This level of polishment isn’t common in Spain, where over-simplified elections maps are the norm.
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