Explorable Explanations

Maarten Lambrechts
Data journalist | Data designer | Visualization consultant

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Explorable Explanations are interactive articles that lend elements from gamification and storytelling to explain complex issues and educate users in an interactive way. Take a deep dive into some engaging examples and learn about the techniques behind this novel way of publishing and explaining.


Maarten Lambrechts (@maartenzam) is a data visualisation consultant based in Belgium. He knows his way around web development and (data) journalism and has a scientific background: 3 ingredients of many explorable explanations. He created the @explorables Twitter account, and built Rock 'n Poll, an explorable explanation about political polling.

  • Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten… and 9 other articles
  • Average reading time: 9 minutes
  • Topics covered: learning, coronavirus, mathematics, dataviz, pandemic
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  • From experts like Bret Victor, Nicky Case, and more
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Deep Dives are carefully hand-curated series of time-tested articles and videos from around the web.

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The article that kicked of explorable explanations, by Bret Victor (@worrydream). It's very meta: It is in itself an explorable explanation too.

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A very playful explorable explanation about segregation, by Nicky Case (@ncasenmare) and Vi Hart (@vihartvihart). This article made explorable explanations known to a wider audience.

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Explorable explanations applied to math education. Brands itself as the «textbook of the future».

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An article unravelling the encoding and compression behind the jpeg file format. Published in the first issue of the Parametric Press, a yearly magazine «digital magazine dedicated to showcasing the expository power that’s possible when the audio, visual, and interactive capabilities of dynamic media are effectively combined.»

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The most viewed article on the Washington Post is an explorable explanation about the spread of contagious diseases. It is light on interactive controls (not so many «explorable» features), but the simulations are crystal clear and add another dimension to the text explanations.

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An explorable experiment about birthday statistics, in which you participate yourself. Published on The Pudding, a medium that has published already many explorable explanations, mainly on cultural topics like music, movies, sports and fashion.

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A research paper trying to synthesize the theory of designing interactive articles from different fields. Contains a corpus of over sixty interactive articles.

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The most extensive collections of examples and resources about explorable explanations. Managed by Nicky Case (@ncasenmare).

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Nicky Case, author of so many explorable explanations, shares how she approaches the development of her interactive articles.

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