Shan Carter, who makes interactive graphics for The New York Times, talks telling stories with data in his aptly named presentation, “How I tried for years to find the perfect form for interactive graphics, how I failed, and why, whether a perfect form exists or not, I’ve stopped my desperate pursuit.”
He starts with finding a balance between statistical analysis and story, and then finishes with the kicker that visualization is a form of communication just like a movie or a book. And that carries with it its own implications.
The short Q&A at the end is pretty good, too. Just ignore the first obligatory question on how you make graphics that get more traffic.
[Video Link via @mericson]
I think he has some good ideas buried in there, but he isn’t presenting them well… which is kind of ironic for a guy who presents information for a living.
Thanks Shan Carter for a conversational summary of many of the underlying decisions that need to be made to effectively interpret and authentically represent perspectives and story inherent in project data. And thanks Flowing Data for sharing the video coverage!
Start watching @1:55 :)