As such, the content is broken down into digestible modules, some brought to life with animations, illustrations and charts, others more straightforwardly presented, such as the FAQ section. Each module has multiple points of entry for accessing that information, McKenna explains. There’s a dashboard at the top of the page, collating all the modules, which click through to another section of the page expanding on that subject. Every one uses its design to make that content more engaging and stand out, such as the bubbles of data exploring Spotify’s revenue, which McKenna says echew the “traditional linear chart” in favour of a “cluster of responsive spheres that organically react to mouse movement using a physics engine,” which users can click on to read a breakdown of that data. Or there’s the section that explores different artist types on Spotify, presented as a vertically scrolling line-up of illustrated portraits. These, McKenna says, “represent the spirit of each archetype,” and “push perspective, proportions and contrast of shading to feel mythic and luminous”. All this was built by Chelsea Peterson, Sebastian Longhitano, Christophe Marchand and Catherine Choi.
In another module about how money gets split between various parties, SJR created an animation titled How the Money Flows, which visualises a complex topic through bold, gel-lit 3D rendered objects and text. This was created by Cindy Suen, Magnus Atom, Alex Esposito and Luke Maroldii.
Keeping in mind the fundamental goal of transparency, clarity and illuminating information, colour palette was key. “It needed to be clean and airy but still energising,” says McKenna, explaining how they opted for a spectrum of blues ranging from ultramarine to turquoise, punctuated by high contrast moments of black and white. The final result, she describes, is the “digital embodiment of the words ‘loud’ and ‘clear’”.