Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Mapping Ikea's Global Conquest
Over the last year I've been experimenting quite a bit with using the scroll bar to control Street View (e.g. Scroll Around the World) and to create narratives with maps (e.g. the Mary Celeste).
This map of Ikea Store Openings has an ingenious scroll bar control which I like. Essentially Ikea Store Openings is an animated time-line and mapped visualization of the growth of Ikea over the years. As you scroll down the page the time-line moves and the corresponding store openings appear on the map.
The map includes a clever auto-scrolling function. Click the play button and you can give your mouse finger a rest as the time-line automatically scrolls and the stores magically appear on the map.