Visualising information

Modern Approaches - Smashing magazine

Very interesting links to new and creative methods of presenting data. I particularly liked this video of a talk by Professor Hans Rosling, ' Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen'. Whether you agree or not with his perspective on the figures he uses is beside the point, it's the presentation that is impressive.

Some of the presentations have been widely seen and well reviewed, such as the British History Timeline from the BBC, others are less well known:

Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There are various conventional ways to visualize data - tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years. So what can we expect? Which innovative ideas are already being used? And what are the most creative approaches to present data in ways we’ve never thought before? Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools.

Via Guy Kawasaki