The Alphabet Project

E is for Explorers

INTERACTIVE VIZ

This week’s Explorer theme is brought to you by Adam @greenynorfolk Green. Adam chose this topic as a way to “explore” a school topic that his son is studying and I love his end result!

Now, my only children are of the canine flavour, so they tend not to get homework and their only school projects involve learning to sit and shake paws.

Finding inspiration

I’d read an article about an astronaut called Michael Collins recently and I’m ashamed to admit that I had no clue who he was until I started. Michael Collins is the often forgotten third crew member of Apollo 11. While Buzz and Neil were making history as the first men to walk on (and explore) The Moon, Michael was orbiting a sphere of cheese alone. For 48 minutes of each revolution, all radio contact with Mission Control and his crewmates was lost. Michael was alone, without any way to contact another soul in the universe.

It got me thinking about how to viz the eight day mission in a way that would pay homage to the peace? serenity? solitude? of the mission. I knew it had to be something simple, but I wanted to make sure the reader could dive in and read more.

Ok, I could pretend that the simplicity of this viz was all by design, but the truth is, I’ve really struggled to find time recently. My work life of late has been hectic to say the least and I’m sad to say that my family have suffered as a consequence. I needed to get this viz done quickly! 

My Viz

There’s nothing fancy here. The viz is just gantt chart with circles to represent the timeline, but I think the simplicity works with the topic (right???) so I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

In an #AlphabetProject first, I’m going to set a challenge to each and every one of you. Try to experience your own moment of peace this week. Put your phone away, remove temptation to send an email or check your twitter feed and just be with yourself. Full credit to Michael Collins. He might not have explored the surface of the Moon with Buzz and Neil, but he explored the kind of isolation that no other human had ever experienced.

What’s next? 

Next week we’re onto letter F and it’s my choice of topic. Well, strap yourself in Adam, because…

F is for Fireworks

I can’t wait to see what you create next week. Make sure you check Adam’s blog and Tableau Public page next week to see what he comes up with!

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