Needless to tell you that I am a big fan of the work done by The New York Times Online. The combination of engaging story-telling with sophisticated visual aesthetics and simplicity in usage makes playing with their interactive creations an delighful experience. The Innovation Portfolio is a place where they showcase some of their best creations and of course it is a well designed application itself.
The innovations are represented by color-coded bubbles grouped in Virtual, Multimedia, Personal Tools, Interactive Graphics, User-Submitted and Applications. Once the user hovers over a bubble a small preview is shown and after selecting the bubble the feature is explained with a short video. The NYT also provides some insight into user engagement by showing the actual page-views along with the average time spent with the feature. The user can view the feature directly on NYT Online or download a PDF-version of the description.
Although there are by far not all the features available in this application, it’s a playful way to explore the great works of the NYT Online.