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.
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:
Sometimes, 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).