Here in DPS we are just starting to get our feet wet in the world of data visualization. Is this a new topic for you too? Well, to help you gain an understanding of the power of data visualization, we suggest checking out the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Voting is taking place now for the 2014 Awards, but you can view the list of finalists here.
Here are a couple of my personal favorites from the short list:
For its annual Education Issue, Popular Science magazine explored the huge uptick in massive open online courses (MOOCs) and tapped us for our data visualization expertise to bring the numbers to life. Using a series of clusters to represent available MOOCs, we showed the number of courses available through 2014 at nine of the largest MOOC providers. Through light-hearted callouts, we suggest possible courses of study a casual student might pursue. The infographic appeared in the September 2013 issue of the print edition.
How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works. “Creative Routines” visualizes a selection of the routines Currey researched.
An interactive tool built for the Unesco Institute for Statistics as part of the International Women’s Day and centered on the theme “Equality for women is progress for all” helps visualize the gender gaps in the pipeline leading to a career in research.