Information is Beautiful

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd 2010 at 8:56 p.m.

If you haven’t heard of TED , it is a series of conferences hosted by the non-profit Sapling Foundation. It is devoted to promoting “ideas worth spreading,” and has been the source of some fascinating talks.

Today I came across a great talk by David McCandless , who recently published the book Information is Beautiful. McCandless is a former journalist who became a designer and who seeks to use design to make data easier to understand, or explore the relationship between sets of data.

The whole talk is fascinating, but I particularly enjoyed his breakdown on societal fears.  He points out that one of the patterns is contained in the data about fears about violent video games - fear spikes in December, prior to Christmas, and April, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

Watch and enjoy.

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