This comes up every time a NYTimes interactive comes out but wow, the narrative flow on this one really is incredible. The animations smoothly transitioning to full text, the collage of socal media posts... It feels much more like watching a documentary than reading an article.
I hope this catches on, it's what I've been promised with this whole hypermedia shebang!
Similar comment at the time:
> The NYT just kinda blew my mind. A newspaper article just blew my mind. This is, by far, the best multimedia storytelling I think I've ever seen. Kudos to the team involved in putting this together, you've shown me the future of media and the internet.
I don't really understand how the same paper does these incredible articles and then totally whiffs on other attempts such as:
After all, this was a story about how people engaging in a purely _voluntary_ (and mind you, luxury) sport were causing and encountering avalanches. Hardly the most exposé-of-power, human-nature-revealing, check-on-society pieces of journalism. Just stop hiking off trail to go snowboarding on unstable mountains! Sheesh.
Doing this work on a "low-stakes" story means that you have more room to experiment.
Personally I like that we get to see it and they get to try it out in production.
So while they do use the position on the page they're not trying to override the default behaviour, they just add to it. The only real change to scrolling behaviour are the few elements that remain in screen for a short while, which is fairly nonintrusive, and doesn't really feel unfamiliar (although it might have if they didn't cleverly overlay a few boxes that scrolled normally).
Front page images load several seconds after they're scrolled into view. I looked at the moon story and it was frozen for about 10 seconds before a start button appeared. In the story I can scroll, but it's about 5fps, and the blue dots and the secondary map are glitching on/through the moon.
I am using a relatively new smartphone, a galaxy s8, something with more power than most average consumers have (most people have a cheap budget phone, not the latest iPhone).
The format definitely was interesting tho, I can see the potential of these types of tools.
Is my understanding mistaken here?
I wonder how much it costs them compared to a regular article
This is the kind of longform we build. Hope that helps :)
I would disagree. It feels irritating to me when some some parts of article content are scrolling and some parts are still (unless still parts are some irrelevant borders).
Also the CPU load is big, which causes my computer fan to run full speed during scrolling.
If nothing ever spins up your fan, you wasted a lot of money on a new computer.