The Pudding is a journal of visual essays. It’s a new publication from Polygraph, a collective specializing in visualization.
What is a visual essay? Imagine a New Yorker–esque longread about a complex topic, but code, data, and animation replace dense prose to construct a different sort of story. It’s one that’s reader-driven and explorable.
The Pudding prizes quality. Each story represents a few weeks of the author’s life, spent researching, analyzing, and coding a culturally rich topic. The output: an interactive experience that seeks to advance public discourse in a way that a traditional 20,000-word essay never could.
Each essay has three ingredients:
- Passion and Depth: could the author spend 1-2 months (even for free) on the story with enough excitement/content?
- Purpose: does it answer a publicly divisive question? Have we improved the public discourse on a topic? Have we enhanced a timeless watercooler/happy hour discussion? (i.e., no story about the news cycle)
- Craft: visual storytelling (with data, code, and animation) is a new medium. Are we moving it forward?
Want to contribute? Or hire us? See below.
We are a small but dedicated team. That means there are more great stories to tell, beyond what we can produce.
Each quarter, we commission up to three essays, typically requiring about a month of the author’s time, starting at a rate of $5,000. Reach out with your proposed topic (or check out our idea backlog) and a link to your portfolio or relevant work. If you need any support (e.g., design, code, or writing) we are open to collaboration. We love to see proof of concept, so send us prototypes, R notebooks, etc., to help us get excited.
For all hiring inquiries, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motion Graphics Specialist (freelance)
We are looking for someone to create animations to support the publication of our stories. This is contract work that entails occasional contributions on a per-project basis. You must have proficiency using animation software such as After Effects.
To apply, send us some of your best work. Applications without links will not receive a response.
We are always on the lookout for someone looking to push the envelope of visual storytelling. If you consider yourself a maker / data visualizer / interactive developer / visual journalist / data reporter / data graphic artist / storytelling engineer / some combination of these words, or your interests align with our mission, we would love to hear from you.
For business opportunities, reach out to email@example.com. For all other inquiries, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re collaborating with brands to deliver premium, visual stories. Email us: email@example.com.