Sunday, November 14, 2010

Data visualization in the media: Interesting video

A colleague who knows my fascination with data visualization pointed me to a recent interesting video created by Geoff McGhee on Journalism in the Age of Data. In this 8-part video, he interviews media people who create visualizations for their websites at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC, and more. It is interesting to see their view of why interactive visualization might be useful to their audience, and how it is linked to "good journalism".

Also interviewed are a few visualization interface developers (e.g., IBM's Many Eyes designers) as well as Infographics experts and participants at the major Inforgraphics conference in Pamplona, Spain. The line between beautiful visualizations (art) and effective ones is discussed in Part IV ("too sexy for its own good" - Gert Nielsen) - see also John Grimwade's article.

Journalism in the Age of Data from Geoff McGhee on Vimeo.

The videos can be downloaded as a series of 8 podcasts, for those with narrower bandwidth.

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