Visualizing the “Startup Universe”

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PROJECT TEAM


Jared Fanning, Creative Director
Giorgia Lupi, Research & UX Lead, Accurat
Valerio Pellegrini, UX Designer, Accurat
Ben Willers, Data & Visual Designer

OVERVIEW

Used by millions of entrepreneurs, investors, and analysts every day, CrunchBase is the leading platform to discover innovative companies and the people behind them. We were frustrated at the limited ways to access this incredible data set, and wanted to provide a more visual, interactive experience to explore the database.

INITIAL SKETCHES
 


Where's the money?
Exploring geography

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  Who are the top performers?
  Funding rounds and impact

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   Where are the relationship?
   Between VCs, startups, and founders

THE WORK

We wanted the interactions to feel fresh, smart, & intuitive versus authoritative or academic. Drawing the eye to the center of the display and moving additional information towards the sides helps keep the reading experience as pleasurable as possible.

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Though I think it’s fair to say the visual design is not timeless, the core principles behind each decision still holds wieght in dealing with design and UX of larger data sets. I also learned how to work with and manage a distributed team that had differing opinions for the design solutions.