The Islamophobia Network’s interactive experience was conceptualized and built by Vignette for the Center for American Progress. It is the visual presentation of the four years of research that went into the Fear Inc. and Fear Inc. 2.0 reports.
In the summer of 2014, the Center for American Progress approached us with their upcoming report Fear Inc. 2.0. They wanted to create an online presence for the report that would help people understand how the Islamophobia Network in the U.S. functions, and also provide a living resource that could be updated as the network evolved.
THE INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
One of the more striking elements of the initial report was the flow of money from a handful of funding groups into an interconnected set of organizations that was the driving force behind much of the rhetoric that fueled the debates about Islam in the U.S. and Islam related policies. We saw this money flow into the larger network as a key factor, and our User Experience Director, Jakub Krcmar, made it the focus of the visualization of the network. Not only could you easily see the most invested organizations in the Islamophobia Network, but you could then follow the people most closely tied to those organizations and how their work spreads throughout the network.
It was also important that the network not just be an encyclopedic reference, but also a way for people to understand how this rhetoric and resulting policies actually affects the rights of Muslim Americans. In the consequences sections, we took a narrative approach that personalized the challenges Muslims face in an Islamophobic environment.
Vignette tapped two skilled partners it had worked with on other projects for the development of the site. Netguru for back-end development and the creation of an admin interface for updating network nodes and the consequence stories, and Superkoderi for the front-end development and the data visualization.
Visit the project at https://islamophobianetwork.com