24 August 2010

Understanding Data - TED.com

This is well worth the time... click on this link and if you are a data junkie this is really for you.

Since we are all respond to visual stimulus then it is a critical part of what we do. So in this talk from Ted.com - which I highly recommend for brain food you go to frequently - the author David McCandless explains how he turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.

Its all about perspective and context. What I like about it - is that it helps us to deal with the masses amounts of data we are exposed to which in turn we can convert into something useful. I like the idea of using this for knowledge compression when we are drinking from the firehoses every day.

Anyway - ENJOY!


information visualization

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