Something that both teams said they had to keep in mind, besides time and staff constraints, was the danger of visualizing and “interactivizing” (Rogers’s word) too much information. “What we’re increasingly trying to do is to simplify stuff, because you can really overcomplicate all this,” said Rogers. “Just because something can move, does it need to? Does it need to slide across the screen, when you can do the same thing without sliding across the screen, and do it better? We’re wrestling with that all the time, [asking ourselves,] Are we overdoing it?”

(For further reading: Kevin Quealy from the Times described the process behind one of their most popular infographics, a map of Netflix queues by city neighborhood, in a very interesting post for The Society for News Design’s website, which you can read here.)

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner