I love me some data. And some very smart people are creating new ways for us to visualize our data. I used to think that meant new graphs, but it’s so much more than that.
Take for example this visualization of the growth of WalMart, this was designed in 2007
And then go check out this visualization created July of this year. You wouldn’t have nearly the impact with a mere bar chart. Sure, you’d see the number of stores increasing, but it’d be difficult in a two-dimensional display to convey location and frequency and sheer volume.
Flowing Data’s five best visualizations for 2008 can be found here.