Website Envy: Walking New York

Yesterday I explained that I wanted to broaden the scope of the inspiration covered by The Envy Collection. Today I’m starting this new direction with some website envy, sharing the online design and content that inspires me.

I’ve been impressed with The New York Times interactive editorial features since Snowfall in 2012. Snowfall dissected the avalanche tragedy of Tunnel Creek. It showed long form content could be a pleasure to read online. The article was viewed over 3.5 million times, was widely heralded as the future of online journalism and won journalist John Branch a Pulitzer prize.

A couple of years on, the main New York Times is still an online mirror of their paper version which suits the huge number of articles published each day. They still occasionally publish more interactive feature pieces merging web design and content for stunning results.

The crowd sourced feature “Walking New York” caught my attention. Using Google Maps street view, people can share their favourite New York locations and the memories that make them special. Readers can then explore the spot in a seamless scrolling experience responsive across different devices.

This played well to my own memories, New York is my second favourite city in the world (hometown Wellington holds top spot). This feature illustrates the romance and excitement that draws so many to the Big Apple. Even native New Yorkers will discover some hidden gems in the stories shared.

Walking New York screenshots

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My favourite story comments on a common modern social media affliction. When people focus more on sharing with their social networks than actually enjoying it themself!

Have an explore for yourself and let me know what you think below.

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