My contribution was centered on the data analysis, the frontend code and some reporting. I designed the whole piece by myself and coded the interactives with Luis Sevillano.
After seeing the Inside Airbnb website I pitched the idea to my editor. He encouraged me to start working on it. After getting some data I had to dump it into a MySQL database, it was too much for Excel.
I sketched several visualizations and maps. Along with Luis we worked on different implementations of the maps, trying vector tiles at first and then heatmaps. In the end we settled on a SVG map with a background image.
We also produced a line chart comparing the Airbnb valuation to the stock prices of the biggest hotel chains.
It was a long piece to produce. It required months of non-continous work, including reporting, code, design, photographs and illustrations.