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Data Visualization – Give this one a “10”

If you’ve never seen this video, check it out. It had to have won some kind of award because of all the obvious work and editing it required. It was directed by a French motion graphics studio called “H5”. It shows a day in the life of a woman working in London and the day’s story is all told through info-graphics. The piece is a couple of years old now but it’s really timeless and so well done.

More and more we are seeing ‘cool media’, data visualizations that are interactive but I still think there is a place for the single message and story that a ‘film’ or slideshow version can provide. If we are going to be media producers, it would be nice to learn how to create data visualizations. This ability could become an important tool for companies either as a presentation tool for clients or a data visualization tool for internal analysis of sales or operations.

I don’t think we are quite there yet but I can envision a time when the old bar chart from a spreadsheet is replaced with interactive visualizations and the software to go with them. You plug in the data and bam! you get this fantastic, interactive data viz chart.

I just did some searching and playing with some beta versions of open source viz software and ugh!… full of bugs and crashes. We definitely aren’t there yet but I believe it’s right around the corner. Get ready to wow your new boss as the data viz-kid!


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