Hans Rosling, star of the BBC4 program "Joy of Stats" we mentioned a couple of weeks ago (and now available for streaming, although sadly in the UK only) is also the subject of a feature article in the Economist. In the article, Rosling explains the intent behind his Gapminder software for visualizing population statistics:
“It was a conscious intent to make the data look alive,” he explains. “My son invented the trails, like patterns in the snow, so you can see how countries have changed. And we could overlay countries historically so that it’s clear that, for example, China today is like Sweden in 1948 and people in Vietnam now have the same life expectancy as Americans did in 1985. Every country has a graphical path that describes its development.”
Read the whole article at the link below.
The Economist: Making Data Dance