Another 2.5 week race to deadline, this project developed out of the collision between an editorial desire to create a “challenge the chancellor” style budget game and a prototype I put together for David McCandless to show him how treemaps might be a way to display his billion-dollar-grams programmatically.
This was a rewarding challenge to think through and build. The datablog team did a great job wrangling various oblique sources of government into a single spreadsheet. The graphics desk did an update of their fantastic atlas of public spending centre spread. It was nice to sit with Paul Scruton and figure out how to turn a treemap into a game. Above all, Mark McCormick's awesome color palette lent the piece its codename – Project Elmer!