The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begins in Sochi, Russia later this week.
Leading up to the event, Bristol based creative design agency Fiasco Design have created a lovely interactive map which looks at everything you didn’t know about the games.
The piece features a beautifully illustrated map of the host city, with subtle animations scattered across the design, and three slightly different styles of tooltips appearing containing facts about the event – some of which are slightly hidden, for the user to try and discover.
It was great exploring this interactive map trying to uncover all of the surprising facts, but what I found to be the most surprising fact of all, was that this beautiful design had not been made responsive.
I first came across this interactive on my smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – a half-phone, half-tablet device which has a rather sizeable 5.5″ screen. If you’re trying to view it on your mobile, (or even on your iPad, which I also tried), you’ll be greeted with this:
To my memory, this is the first site I’ve come across which point blank refuses to display a website as opposed to just showing the desktop version.
As mobile quickly continues to match (and probably soon overtake) desktop as our device of choice, I was surprised to find this interactive map had been made inaccessible to a growing audience.
I can only guess the reasons behind this decision, so I have contacted Fiasco Design for their comment which I’ll share when/if they reply.
Regardless of the lack of responsive design, this is a lovely interactive with beautiful illustrations and a great UX.
Click here to see it for yourself.
Ben from Fiasco Designs has kindly replied to my question on why they decided to make Sochi 2014 interactive map available on desktop only:
“We decided against optimising for mobile as we were limited on time (this is, after all, a self initiated project) and felt the best experience would be achieved through desktop.
We therefore built the site with this in mind, focussing all our efforts on achieving a great desktop experience.”