Made to measure

How to adapt visual stories to different languages

⛶ Full screen

See our presentation (google docs)

Play with the prototype

We decided to focus our attention to visualising different units of measure across different languages.

The idea is that when writing a story and mentioning a unit of measure, we would have a system that helps journalists to associate it with a recognisable example to our multilingual/multicultural audience.

For instance: in the English version of the article x square km of Amazon forest are equivalent to x football pitches, but for the Hindi version to x cricket pitches etc.

We would appreciate your help in associating type of measures with relevant relatable objects in your culture: e.g. for liquids do we use liters in beer or bowls of soup or…? for weight: cars? bags of rice?

What is more relevant to a non-European audience?

Contribute here

Our pitch at #swihack:


Publishing a visual story in different languages is not limited to translating text or flipping it right to left. There are cultural, visual nuances particular to each audience that need to be addressed from the technical, design and editorial perspectives.

Appropriate visual style for the different audiences and cultural sensitivities, awareness of stereotypes and semiotics: from the colour palette to the symbols and iconography used.

Creating and designing core content that is accessible for countries with limited access to mobile data and low-end mobile devices.

Addressing territorial and political issues.

-- Joint challenge by BBC and DW (Ana Lucia Gonzalez, Joy Roxas, Elisabetta Tollardo)--

Edited content

24.02.2020 08:35 ~ loleg

Event finished

22.02.2020 12:15

Joined the team

21.02.2020 14:07 ~ jonasglatthard

Edited content

21.02.2020 14:05 ~ elisabetta

Event started

21.02.2020 08:00

Joined the team

18.02.2020 19:39 ~ hubihack2

Edited content

03.02.2020 15:20 ~ elisabetta

Joined the team

03.02.2020 15:17 ~ elisabetta

Challenge posted

03.02.2020 15:17 ~ elisabetta
Loading ...

Connect to the community on Forum | Telegram | Twitter | Medium

All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with the Hack Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody. For more details on how the event is run, see the Guidelines on our wiki.

Creative Commons LicenceThe contents of this website, unless otherwise stated, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Multilingual Media