Precedent Presentation/Data Analysis

50 Years Swiss Music Charts


What story does it tell?
The story tells 50 years of Swiss music charts, dating from 1968 till the present. Songs are represented by the number they were positioned on the charts during a specific time. Users are provided with a snippet of each song upon clicking for further inspection.

Does it allow for different levels of interrogation that can be seen or used on the part of the reader? eg. Can they drill down to discover more detail?

The reader is able to highlight certain songs and identify the title, artist and date they were present in the charts. The reader is also able to scroll down the page which navigates through the years.

Through the external link provided by Hitparade the user can navigate a different page where a further breakdown of data is given. This data includes a graph where 10,939 songs are discoverable, the most common word in each song title, mood and feeling the song evokes, Swiss songs and the key of the song.

Are you able to create multiple stories from it? If so what are they?

The data given is fairly linear and simply allows the user to identify the artist and song title. Through individual research the user would be able to learn more about the artist and songs

What can you say about the visual design – layout, colour, typography, visualisation style?

The visual design imitates a constellation within the galaxy, each song imitating a star connected to each other separated by time. By scrolling down the user navigates through the different years of the music chart, resembling a flying motion through outer space. The lines indicate each song and a number attached is reflective of their position on the Swiss Music Charts during that year.

The visual design remains uniform in its layout, with the use of a purple gradient background and white colour for text.


What improvements would you suggest?

Possible improvements could include a save button on songs the user is interested in, rather than navigating through the whole website every time they access the page.

Another improvement could be different colour backgrounds to differentiate each decade of music or to highlight a certain genre or country the music originated.

Where does the data come from? and comment on its source.

The data is courtesy of Hitparade and Spotify. Through the external link provided, the user can read through a further breakdown of data through visualisations ranging from mood, Swiss songs, cover songs and the song’s key.
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