Welcome to Issue 3 of The Story of Data. This is where we help you level up your data communication skills with learning resources and inspiration.
Stephanie gives a humorous account of a basic concept - presenting data in isolation doesn't convey meaning. Context is how we get the meaning - through comparison to history, internal goals, or external benchmarks.
The Pudding took a newly-released dataset on flood risk and created a series of interactive charts and maps. They prioritized making it easy to embed these visualizations and it was featured in multiple publications.
People often overlook the impact of the colors they choose in their charts and graphs. We really like Lisa Rost's article that points out common mistakes and offers simple tips for communicating your data more effectively!
Tim Urban is an expert storyteller that uses silly visualizations to get his points across. We love his depiction of history, complete with hilarious annotations.
We really like the Financial Time's use of color to emphasize the differences in specific activities during weekends vs weekdays. It would otherwise be difficult to see the subtle contrast.
We liked the Economist's size-by-side comparison of TV and film ratings across 3 decades. It clearly shows TV shows' growth in volume, despite stagnant ratings.