Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Data made lovely

Tables, charts, numbers and all that prompt me to embark on completely unrelated journeys of imagination into other more interesting things. Data is boring. However, the Trendalyzer - a vast pot of data - is not. It is magnificent.

Set up by the Gapminder Foundation and acquired by Google last year (there was something Google-like about the simplicity, look and spirit of the software even before they got involved), this software “unveils the beauty of statistics by converting boring numbers into enjoyable interactive animations” (source).

I love it for its central idea (pooling lots of data and making it beautiful) and the execution (a simple, powerful and playful interface).

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