With China back in the news lately, we found ourselves thinking about Connected China, a 2013 platform we built that helps users understand and explore social ties and political power in China. With the possibility of President Xi Jinping staying in power indefinitely, we took a look at the data from five years ago to see the nuances in what’s happening now.
Over the past year, we partnered with On Being to create a new way of tunderstanding and interacting with their fourteen years of interviews. Users follow “whispers”–short pieces of text to pique one’s curiosity–to find custom-curated playlists of podcast episodes. In a recent tcase study, Ben narrates our process, walking through the project from exploration to implementation.