Project description

Our interactive feature invites readers to test their knowledge of world gastronomy. Ten new national dishes appear each time the website is refreshed. The dishes are randomly filtered from a database of 110 and the reader is asked to guess where each dish originates. Descriptions of the dishes are available, as are recipe links.

The ingredients for each dish are analysed to chart which are the world’s most popular or unusual. Perhaps unsurprisingly, rice is the most common ingredient but, curiously, our map of rice surface density reveals popular dishes use rice in locations hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of kilometres from the nearest paddy field.

What makes this project innovative?

The feature provides information about the ingredients of national and traditionally popular dishes in a dynamic and fun way. The interactive element and revelations about the ingredients are a way to guide readers through a heavy dataset allowing them to discover how unique certain signature dishes are.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

This interactive received exceptionally high page views partly because readers keep refreshing the page to discover new gastronomic delights. The average time spent on the page is also relatively high at over four minutes.

Source and methodology

This project uses diverse sources of data including Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Institute on the Environment University of Minnesota, Statista, Screen Rant, The Guardian, National Geographic, Wiki-media, and SCMP staff research We create a database with more than 110 countries around the world, We create more than 110 illustrations of the dishes manually using photography as a reference. The map was generated with QGIS wrapping the map generated in QGIS

Technologies Used

Software: Adobe Creative cloud: illustrator, Photoshop Brackets IO QGIS Programming languages: Javascript JQuery HTML CSS SVG

Project members

Marco Hernandez Adolfo Arranz



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