The bounds of creativity


Sometimes, creativity needs to be bounded. This is a lesson I’ve been learning (or perhaps re-learning) lately, and can be seen specfically in the display of players on this site.

When MRData launched, and through even today, the list of all time players has been rendered using a platform based on Isotope – which renders items in a grid:Player roster as grid

This is very clever, but as time wore on, it became clear that “players as elements, rosters as a periodic table” isn’t a very useful metaphor. One of my goals for this year is to improve on this design, and the changes so far are looking awfully familiar:
Player roster as tableSometimes, it isn’t necessary to completely rethink a display. Sometimes, the traditional method of displaying a set of information (in this case, a table) is generally okay, and only simple tweaks are needed (in this case, depicting a player’s career using a visual timeline).

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