Infographics try to convey large, complicated ideas in an extremely accessible, readable, and playful way. It’s data visualization in its most effective? accessible? controllable? dynamic? form.
- 16 March 2010
- Livefyre Conversation
- Flowing Data
- Hans Rosling
- Eye Candy
Information graphics force their meaning upon us. Any time a graphic can use data to tell a wonderful story is much more compelling than simply arranging data in traditional ways. Collecting large datasets is pointless unless you can transmit something compelling about the data.
Infographics bring a story out of large sets of data; do infographics inadvertently obscure other stories? How do we know we are getting the right story out of an infographic? Live data infographics can help people find the emerging stories as they are happening as the data is unfolding, as well as after-the-fact analysis. You can examine how events may have impacted or interrupted other events by analyzing datasets during the same time period (phone calls, stock trades). You can also go literal and mine social media in the moment (twitter trending, twitter during superbowls, etc.).
Tag clouds based on twitter/facebook traffic can be represented by size of images related to stories (luge death at olympics). Geolocation data tied to tweets brings location in space tied to time and context, obvious uses of Maps mashups.