Satellite debris in space. Data visualisation for editorial page ‘het Financieele Dagblad’.
Eleven years ago, on september 11th 2001, at the infographic department of the Algemeen Dagblad, we were staring at tv screens, trying to get a grip of what was happening overseas. Any newsroom in the world was a frantic place at that very moment, as infographic journalists were trying to reconstruct the events visually.
But amidst the chaos, any information was in contradiction of previous reports. While dozens of cameras were registring the collapse of the Twin Towers, we were asking ourselves so many questions: how many planes were involved? Which tower was hit first? With great care Thijs Unger, Ramses Reijerman and Frédérik Ruys made this infographic.
From all newspaper in the world, the Algemeen Dagblad, the second largest daily in the Netherlands, was the only one publishing an infographic on the front page. And from all the infographics about the terror attacks, it was one of the few that got the flight paths right. Just as the New York Times did – of course. So we both won a Malofiej Award that year.
Left: Shortly after september 11th, Jan Schwochow (Golden Section Graphics) gathered all publications worldwide and combined all visualized scenarios into one infographic (blue and yellow are the only correct flight tracks).