Data Visualization

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.

7 smart people left their mark:

  1. melissaz, 13. January 2009, 7:10

    OMG! It’s a plague of locusts o’er the land!

  2. Tiffany, 13. January 2009, 9:33

    So, that’s what world domination looks like? Creepy.

  3. Pamela, 13. January 2009, 10:43

    The empire has struck and Napolean would be extremely jealous.

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  4. Tracie, 13. January 2009, 15:51

    WOW…that is amazing! And I agree with Tiffany…a little creepy too.

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  5. Sara Lacey, 13. January 2009, 21:16

    I need to take a shower now.

  6. Pink Asparagus » Maybe I Could be a Republican? (Pingback), 14. January 2009, 5:46

    [...] only toy sellers to weather will be WalMart (speaking of which, I think it’s interesting that I was all woohoo, look at the pretty picture representing the data and you all were OMG the locusts and the hey hey) [...]

  7. Leslie, 16. January 2009, 7:17

    I DO NOT like Walmart-they’re taking over the planet-or well the USA for sure. I don’t shop there ever. What can be done about this? Walmart taking over and pushing small shops out of business. I don’t wish anything bad on Walmart but come on give the other guys a chance.