Curiosity is a cross disciplinary skill

Curiosity serves UX well, helping identify patterns and ask good questions. Same goes for journalism: curiosity is the key to picking up on great stories. I’ve written about the connections between journalism and UX design, and this story, Homeless Kids Take the Long Ride to School, is a good example of how curiosity led to an important story (and some interactive design). 

How did it happen? I was volunteering for an org that provides tutoring to kids living in homeless/transitional housing, and overheard some of the kids complaining about how early they had to wake up. I got curious and asked why. 

Turns out that commuting to school is a massively disruptive, known (yet underreported) issue affecting kids when they get displaced from their homes. Interactive design and a radio story followed. Check 'em out. 

Interactive Map

I created an interactive map to illustrate the journey the kids took to get from their new shelter to work.

Check it out in action right here.

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Radio Story

Listen to the story that aired on KPCC here

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