Completed Project

Podcast Topic Visualizations

KAKTI × The Conversation

January–February 2013

Some podcasts are just audio, but the The Conversation comes with a lot of bonus material. I tidied up the web design and created some tools to explore the riches of metadata through different perspectives:

Nonlinear Exploration

The insectile concept map is an interactive network visualization of episodes, subjects, and ideological perspectives.

Many of you have asked, but the code for this visualization is not open source. I’m happy to answer any questions about it, though! Just drop me a line at questions@kakti.net.

The episode list featured on the home page is a carousel designed to showcase 67 episodes semi-gracefully.

It’s built from the ground up to load images on demand, and browse thumbnails to reduce scrolling and clicking.

Illustrations for many of the earlier episodes are by the intrepid Eleanor Davis.

Spatial Exploration

The map plots the show’s interviews across the mainland US.

Episode References

Each episode has a dedicated web page, which includes a unique slice of the concepts covered during the interview.