WaterAid map launches
Aptivate and WaterAid teamed up to create an interactive map to reveal Africa's access to water and sanitation. It was launched on the WaterAid site during Africa Water Week with great success.
Low bandwidth infographics
The map is aimed at an African audience of policy-influencers. It was designed, built and project-managed by our team, with product owner Joe Downie at WaterAid, who embraced the agile spirit from the start.
Implemented speedily using the lightweight SVG graphics library D3.js, and focusing on low-bandwidth development, the map launched at the end of May and was featured on news and social media sites in Africa as well as being picked up by the Guardian and BBC Africa's Facebook page
Who picked it up?
- This Day Live - Nigeria
- African Press Organisation
- Mtega - Tanzania
- The Nigerian Voice
- Hapa Kenya
We are very excited to have worked on this project and are undertaking more of this kind of infographics work. We are currently working on the larger re-design of WaterAid's WASHwatch online platform for monitoring government policy commitments and budgets for water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The up-coming interfaces and infographics will hopefully make the site more appealing and user friendly for the intended audiences - we'll blog about this again when the new site goes live.
Maps of all flavours
We are currently exploring Leaflet, Mapbox, D3.js, Geochart, and jvectormap. All of these new techniques allow development and style flexibility, as well as comprehensive interaction with the maps, but are also heavier in terms of file download and scripts. We are currently looking at 100-300k for a map in addition to the regular page size.
Re-evaluating HTML Image Maps
The development process was more laborious but provided a hand-crafted solution with a bandwidth footprint of only 50-80k. There may be call for working on a more automated mapping application that uses these technologies more efficiently.