Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives presents Mic’s coverage of violence against transgender people, raising awareness on the challenges faced by one of the most marginalized communities in the United States. Designed by New York City–based digital design studio FOUR32C, the site features a clean, energetic design; subtle animations even invigorate charts and statistics, bringing them to life for visitors. Each of the three main features on Unerased—an evergreen article, an interactive database and a dynamic news feed—convey, through impactful visualizations, the reality of homicide rates in the US transgender community.
When approaching the navigation system, FOUR32C realized that it would have to support different types of user journeys, based on familiarity with the subject. So the studio implemented an intuitive system rooted in storytelling. A pop-up menu quickly conveys the essential information in each part of the article, enabling academics and journalists to find references if they need them. Visitors who seek a deeper understanding on the issue can organically move through the content. FOUR32C built the site using React, a user interface that promotes cross-platform responsiveness, reduces coding errors and facilitates coherence when data changes frequently; the data visualizations on the main page were also constructed in React, to work around its inability to alter content for mobile using jquery.
The first interactive database on this subject, Unerased compiles its data from various sources, including federal agencies, to paint a realistic picture of antitrans violence in the United States. The interactive database also features photos, videos and information on trans victims of homicide from 2010 to 2016, ensuring they will not be forgotten.