Data visualization: 2Storytelling by the numbers Trends in Communication & Information Technology JOUR 4871-003
Great blogs featuring best of data visualizationhttp://infosthetics.com/ http://chartporn.org/
A few great examples of news data visualizations Enhanced State of the Union Address (WhiteHouse.gov) Video with 1/3 of screen devoted to contextual graphics and charts Roller coaster animation of housing-value ups & downs Game-like approach to presenting otherwise boring chart NYTimes.com: Words used at GOP convention Word cloud enhanced with interactive content Olympic medalists compete against predecessors Plain scatter chart pales in comparison to visual race results FoodMood: Measuring global food sentiment via tweets Most-mentioned foods, by country, with “happiness index” ... A bit silly, BUT indicative of what journalists, researchers can ﬁnd in social-media data Twitter activity through Murdoch testimony, pie incident Activity level and most-used words through testimony to UK parliament Public Face II smiley installation (Lindau, Germany) 25-foot smiley shows mood of city; driven by data from street camera and algorithm that analyzes facial expressions
Motion graphics:Tools of the trade Data visualization:Tools of the tradeTableau Public is free version; Windows only; Mac soon
At-home exercise: Google Fusion Tableshttp://goo.gl/mL4UM
Learn more: Journalism & data visualizationhttp://datajournalism.stanford.edu/#
Discussion, brainstorming...Story: Missouri couple wins $588M Powerball jackpotSplit with AZ winner ... After taxes: $192.5MHow might this story be told using data visualization?
How might this story be told using data visualization? THINK INTERACTIVE!!!! Visualize: What that money would buy (school lunches; portion of ﬁghter jet; iPads for how many schools...) -- Could be quiz; enter answer, click for result. Hover to see answer/ data. Visualize: $192M vs. their town’s annual budget; school district budget; etc. Couple’s current income vs. Powerball money split over X number of years Comparisons: car can afford then and now ... Or house Bar chart: biggest lottery prizes awarded Pie chart: top 10 biggest prizes, showing how much this one takes of the pie Line chart: likely amount over time if couple follows spending trend of previous Powerball winners $192M vs. top CEO annual salaries Word cloud or pie chart: What did previous Powerball winners spend on (big items)? Twitter visualization of Powerball mentions: emotions (disgust, happy, envy, sad...) Twitter visualization in hour before and after numbers announced (number of tweets per minute; emotion...) Map visualization: 3D bar charts of amount won + location of winner