Free software that turns data into visual stories.
Independent data journalist and information designer David McCandless says his passion is presenting information with a minimum of words.
His site is worth exploring for its adventurous ideas, and the beauty of some of the designs. He emphasises the importance of ‘juicy data’ – in other words, data that’s absolutely accurate. And, he adds, 80 per cent of the work that goes into a great graphic is gathering the data, organising it and checking.
In one or two of the visualisations beautiful design acts to confuse the information a little, I think. But where he gets the balance right he gets it really right.
An interesting one to start with is Who Likes Whom in the Middle East, a visualised network of the complex relationships between the different players in a highly volatile region.
From journalism.co.uk – some of McCandless’s tips for using visual data.
The Los Angeles Times Homicide Report started in 2007, and records every death deemed by the state coroner and police to be a deliberate killing. The report is an interactive map, blog, and searchable database that compiles information about the name, gender, age, and ethnicity of victims, as well as recording the time and place of each murder. The site’s tagline, ‘A story for every victim’, reflects the way it presents each case; a report of the circumstances of each death, with a photo of the person who died, is detailed in the blog.