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Telling Stories with Visual Data: A Glimpse into the Future of Narrative

<i>Editor’s note: We’ve asked contributors to the Visualizing Data Insight Center to show us some of their favorite examples of dataviz with short explanations of what makes those visualizations so effective. Today, Jer Thorp shares one of his favorites.</i><p>Below is a screen grab of a masterful …

When Creating Visualizations, Question Everything

As organizations expand their digital infrastructures, the amount of data being collected is growing at an ever-increasing pace. This deluge presents a new set of challenges, and the most crucial of these — making sense of it all — depends on data visualization. Digital tools like Many Eyes and …

Tell Better Data Stories with Motion and Interactivity

When it comes to making sense of vast amounts of complicated data, time really is on your side. It’s a simple concept, one that everyone understands: an action starts, then eventually stops. The distance between those two points conveys information — information about <i>then</i>, about <i>now</i>, and about the …

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

Lurking behind the question of jobs — whether there are enough of them, how hard we should work at them, and what kind the future will bring — is a major problem of job engagement. Too many people are tuned out, turned off, or ready to leave. But there’s one striking exception.<p>The happiest people I …

The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Visualization is easy, right? After all, it’s just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …

People Are the New Channel

In the past, channels delivered messages to audiences. You either owned the pipe or paid to use someone else’s. You controlled the message all the way through that pipe.<p>In a digital and social age, pipes are less important. People are the channel. You don’t own or rent them. You can’t control them. …

Are You Listening to Your Most Important Customers?

You don’t see many tweets touting companies as #betterthanaverage. But there’s plenty of social media chatter about really good or bad customer experiences. The same holds true for the feedback companies receive directly via e-mails or phone calls. Customers are most likely to offer feedback when …

Great Innovators Think Laterally

Do you ever wonder why cars aren’t called “horseless carriages” anymore? Today’s cars are just as horseless as they were a century ago. Horselessness is standard equipment on most new and late models, both foreign and domestic.<p>Framing the question this way may seem a bit absurd; yet, it’s a playful …

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how <i>you</i> feel about <i>yourself</i>. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a …