An excellent interview with NYT’s Amanda Cox:

ON SKETCHING OUT IDEAS

I’m really quick at making those five hundred charts and I think making stuff we throw away is my most important skill.

ON IMPACTFUL CONTENT 

If you don’t have content you can’t make anything. But I think there’s a fundamental difference between things that matter and things that are just amusing or whatever. The impact of solid reporting and how much work solid reporting actually is has become really clear to me from the New York Times.

ON GOALS

It’s not advocacy, it’s more like, “Can I introduce you to new things?” or “Can I cause you to think about old things in a different way?” or “Can I give you a sense of scale about something?” I mean, informing people is our real, primary goal.

chartsnthings

Anything Amanda Cox is good.

chartsnthings:

On Thursday Facebook had the third-largest I.P.O. ever. In the week leading up it, my colleague Amanda Cox spent some time thinking how to best explain and contextualize this offering to readers. What follows is a series of sketches from Amanda, who shared her project folder with me for this…