Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Interactive Maps, Graphics and Infographics

The BP oil spill is one of the most covered events in visual journalism. Dozens of interactive graphics, videos and multimedia storytelling projects were designed to communicate the event.

With so many interactives produced, designers have a wealth of projects to analyze and learn from. If you know of an example that should be included, please Email me

20.04.2011 Thumbnail image for Oil’d

Oil’d

Oil’d A year ago, a massive oil spill began in the Gulf. The entire country was glued to the news until the well was capped, […]

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26.12.2010 Thumbnail image for How the Rig Crew Responded to the Blowout – Deepwater Horizon

How the Rig Crew Responded to the Blowout – Deepwater Horizon

How the Rig Crew Responded to the Blowout – Deepwater Horizon The Deepwater Horizon had a number of defenses against blowouts. But members of the […]

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21.11.2010 Thumbnail image for The Worst Oil Spills in History

The Worst Oil Spills in History

The Worst Oil Spills in History Infographic depicting the worst oil spills in history. Events include: Exxon Valdez – 1989 Gulf War Oil Spill – […]

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16.09.2010 Thumbnail image for Gulf oil spill: BP works to finish relief wells and seal gusher for good

Gulf oil spill: BP works to finish relief wells and seal gusher for good

Gulf oil spill: BP works to finish relief wells and seal gusher for good Relief Well: The long-term method of stopping the leak is the […]

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08.08.2010 Thumbnail image for What BP Could Have Bought With All the Money They Lost

What BP Could Have Bought With All the Money They Lost

What BP Could Have Bought With All the Money They Lost Great use of horizontal scaling to emphasize the incredible financial losses BP faces from […]

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20.07.2010 Thumbnail image for Disaster in the Gulf – Go below the Surface of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Disaster in the Gulf – Go below the Surface of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Disaster in the Gulf – Go below the Surface of the Gulf Oil Disaster – Interactive Graphic It appears that only a fraction of the […]

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18.07.2010 Thumbnail image for Industry vs. BP Standards

Industry vs. BP Standards

Industry vs. BP Standards – Interactive Graphic The BP Gulf disaster was a tragic accident, but also a preventable accident. It was the decisions made […]

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15.07.2010 Thumbnail image for AP Oilspill Meter

AP Oilspill Meter

AP Oilspill Meter AP oilspill meter tracking the gallons of oil released into the gulf. View the interactive data

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25.06.2010 Thumbnail image for How much is 125 million gallons of oil?

How much is 125 million gallons of oil?

How much is 125 million gallons of oil? Estimate amount that has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from April 22 to June 21, based […]

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25.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Investigating the Cause of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Investigating the Cause of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Critical Components in a Complex System After the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, investigators focused on the failure of a component on the […]

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15.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster

Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster

Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster The cost of cleaning up the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico now runs into billions of dollars, […]

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13.06.2010 Thumbnail image for One bird’s odyssey through the oil

One bird’s odyssey through the oil

One bird’s odyssey through the oil – Interactive Graphic As inches-deep oil washes into nesting grounds and habitats along the Gulf Coast, animal rescuers have […]

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12.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Gulf Coast oil spill

Gulf Coast oil spill

Gulf Coast oil Spill – Infographic Cleanup and containment efforts continue after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. View the infographic

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12.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Oil on the Water

Oil on the Water

Oil on the Water – Interactive Graphic The physics of oil spills The Deepwater Horizon spill has released millions of gallons of crude oil into […]

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11.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Gusher in the Gulf

Gusher in the Gulf

Gusher in the Gulf See Journal graphics about the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig – from what went wrong to contain the spill […]

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10.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Live Videos From the Oil Spill

Live Videos From the Oil Spill

Live Videos From the Oil Spill Live video feeds from remotely operated vehicles in the Gulf of Mexico via BP. Some video streams may not […]

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08.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Oil Spill: Tracking The Oil And Cleanup Efforts

Oil Spill: Tracking The Oil And Cleanup Efforts

Oil Spill: Tracking The Oil And Cleanup Efforts Largest oil spill in U.S. history: BP tries to stop massive gusher. View the interactive graphic

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05.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Crude Awakening

Crude Awakening

Crude Awakening An infographic to help you understand the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and the incredible costs that will affect us […]

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04.06.2010 Thumbnail image for What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?

What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?

What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs? As you go step by step through this resource, learn about what happens in an oil spill such […]

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04.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Oil spill growing in the Gulf

Oil spill growing in the Gulf

Oil spill growing in the Gulf The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20 while preparing a well for oil extraction and sank 2 days […]

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04.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Oil Spills – Disaster at Sea

Oil Spills – Disaster at Sea

Oil Spills – Disaster at Sea When an oil tanker runs aground or springs a leak, the chances of an ecological disaster are strong. The […]

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04.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and collapse

Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and collapse

Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and collapse View the photoslideshow

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03.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Interactive: Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Interactive: Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Interactive: Gulf of Mexico oil leak View the interactive graphic

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03.06.2010 Thumbnail image for Advance of the Oil Blobs

Advance of the Oil Blobs

Advance of the Oil Blobs As BP battles to contain the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the spill congeals around the flora […]

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29.05.2010 Thumbnail image for The Gulf’s silent environmental crisis

The Gulf’s silent environmental crisis

The Gulf’s silent environmental crisis Ten miles off the coast of Louisiana, where the air tastes like gasoline and the ocean looks like brownie batter, […]

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29.05.2010 Thumbnail image for The Final Moments

The Final Moments

The Final Moments A surge of natural gas exploded on the 32,000-ton Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on April 20, killing 11 of the 126 crewmembers […]

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29.05.2010 Thumbnail image for Oil Primer: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes

Oil Primer: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes

Oil Primer: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes As the Deepwater Horizon continues to leak oil at a rapid rate, many people are asking […]

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