Yesterday I posted here David McCandless’ fascinating 18-minute talk on data visualization, in which he puts up charts and graphs as a window into patterns and relationships in numbers.
Watching that talk led me to discover his Information is Beautiful blog, which is a great source of ideas and insights.
For example, the chart shown here, from that blog, titled The Science Behind Wikipedia’s Jimmy Appeal:
That’s just one recent example. Fascinating stuff.
I usually love McCandless’ stuff, but in this one, he just gets it wrong. Read the fisking he got from VisualJournalism.
Sara, thanks for the comment and that link you include, which is a really good catch. I’m fascinated by the whole flow, starting with whatever the real truth is, to the restatement on one blog, and then the “fisking.” By the way, nice use of the word fisking, I had to go look it up. This ends up as yet another example of my facts, facts, everywhere, but the truth is scarce thread.
I use Wikipedia *less* now because of that obnoxious plea banner on every page.