CMAP’s new mobility-themed website, which debuted last week, uses data visualization to make major economic issues like congestion, antiquated freight systems, and transit funding woes a little sexier–and a little more urgent.
Created by Netherlands-based interactive design agency Clever Franke, the site is based on GO TO 2040, CMAP’s plan for the seven counties surrounding Chicago as the region grows from approximately 8 million people to more than 10 million in the next 25 years.
It might not be quite as sexy as its consumer cousins Snapchat and Whats App, but the workplace-chat service Slack is highly thought of by many in the corporate world, in part because it simplifies the way that communication happens within companies.
And that apathy has consequences: America’s aging transit systems, roads, gas lines, and other vital structures are falling into disrepair, and the bills to fix them keep growing.
In northeastern Illinois, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is combating disinterest among voters and lawmakers with web design.
So far these are just experiments, but I think it's an interesting glimpse of where Slack and media companies might go in the future.
The most recent example of this phenomenon is Storyful, a service owned by News Corp.
But replacing email or letting co-workers exchange Google documents faster isn't all that Slack is capable of.