Texas Lawmaker Explorer UI


The Problem

Too often, data-driven apps are informative, but not engaging. Because this app informed Texans about their lawmakers, I wanted to make it inviting, and maybe even a little fun. I’d been reading about interesting CSS hover effects, and hoped that by using them, combined with the arrow hover effect and pictures of people, I’d make the pages a little more engaging.

The Solution

I used the Masonry interaction library (the same one being used on the site you’re reading right now) for the filtering effect, to make the shuffling a little more engaging. The only challenge was including such a heavy-duty Javascript library in our already large system; overall, though, I’m pretty pleased with the project. You can visit the explorer here.lawmaker explorer