Thanks to Hub member Judy Heck for drawing our attention to the immediate, impactful and surprising story told in this visual and data-driven lecture by Bill Gates and Hans Rosling at Karolinska Institutet on 31 March 2014.
Did you see this infographic? Something tells me you did.
No less than 5 friends and colleagues pointed this infographic out to me – and all of them understood that the Mosquito was the deadliest animal. They reached out to me because they know that I’m interested in data visualization and that I have a passion for making the world a better place through global public health efforts… but the most striking note for me was that they were all drawn into the story behind the infographic enough to read it and understand it, effectively communicating complex ideas quickly and clearly.
Hub member Simone Parrish, Global Repository Director at the Knowledge for Health (K4Health Project) and fellow data viz aficionado, shares this great cross-post of practical tools and resources for data visualization. This is a cliff-notes version of Simone’s original blog post on the K4Health blog. Thanks Simone!
Looking for simple tools and resources as you work on visualizations?
There are a number of excellent, free, practical tools and resources for data visualization from the evaluation consultants at Innovation Network (particularly Johanna Morariu and Ann K. Emery, whose Excel kung fu was previously referenced on the DataViz Hub here: Hacking Beautiful Graphs in Excel). Check out:
- “DataViz! Tips, Tools, and How-tos for Visualizing Your Data”: Handout and slides from the March 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
- “Data Placemats,” from a white paper on participatory data analysis.
- Making Excel charts actually look good (!): Free video tutorials from Ann K. Emery.
- 2012 “State of Evaluation” report—Independent research on how the nonprofit sector uses evaluation, presented almost entirely through data visualizations.
Bonus Tip: Do you have a batch of interview transcripts or open-ended survey responses? Want to quickly get a sense of topics based on word frequency? Use Wordle (http://www.wordle.net/create).
This summary was also cross-posted to the Springboard for Health Communication.
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences has published an animated visualization on YouTube which shows, through a simple line graph, the growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide over the last 800,000 years.
What I like about this visualization is: Continue reading Using animation to bring life to a chart
We often talk about using infographics to inspire action. Creating visually compelling pieces that combine graphics, data and key messaging can help you to make the case for your cause. Continue reading Creating Action-Oriented Infographics
For some Friday fun, take a look at how Hans Rosling moves away from his Gapminder visualizations and does a vaccine delivery party trick visualizing how many children receive vaccinations every year.
It’s important to remember that visualizations aren’t just charts and graphs: they’re powerful tools that can be created with locally available resources no matter where you are, whether its glasses, bottles, and juice at a cocktail party or sketch pads and markers at a community meeting.
If you have a great example of how you’ve visualized information with creative materials, share in the comments below!