If you’ve read here for more than a hot minute, you’ll know that I love me some data visualization.
This love affair dates back to when Paul (@ppedrazzi) pointed me to Hans Rosling’s (@hansrosling) first TED talk. I’m sure Hans has inspired an enormous city of people by now, judging by the 8 million plus views his TED talk has garnered. Sure, those aren’t unique view, but even so.
There’s an interesting meta-project: visualize the people influenced by various visualization experts, like a coaching tree or something.
As luck would have it, one area of specialization of our newest team members is, wait for it, data visualization.
Last week, I got to see them in action in a full-day workshop on data visualization, which was eye-opening and very informative.
I’m hoping to get a few blog posts out of them on the subject, and while we wait, I wanted to share some interesting examples we’ve been throwing around in email.
I started the conversation with xkcd because, of course I did. Randal Munroe’s epic comic isn’t usually mentioned as a source for data visualizations, but if you read it, you’ll know that he has a knack for exactly that. Checking out the Google Image search for “xkcd data visualization” reminded me of just how many graphs, charts, maps, etc. Randal has produced over the years.
I also discovered that someone has created a D3 chart library as an homage to the xkcd style.
I probably spent 10 minutes zooming into Pixels, trying to find the bottom; being small-minded, I gave up pretty early on Click and Drag, assuming it was small. It’s not.
How much time did you spend, cough, waste, on these?
During our conversation, a couple interesting examples have come back to me, both worth sharing.
First is Art of the Title, dedicated to the opening credits of various films. In a very specific way, opening credits are data visualizations; they set the mood for the film and name the people responsible for it.
Second is Scale of the Universe, which is self-explanatory and addictive.
So, there you go. Enjoy investigating those two and watch this space for more visualization content.
And find the comments.