Seeing things differently

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Faris Yakob’s written an article for AdAge which you’ll find here, it’s well worth a read. It sets out nine aphorisms for Digital Communication trends in 2009. One of them really resonated with me as it’s something I’m fairly passionate about at the moment – “Find new ways to see”.

It’s all about the importance of innovation in data visualisations in order to make sense of the web and the infinite stream of information generated.

We can learn a lot about the way people are thinking, what they’re thinking about and how they’re thinking about it by useful data visualisation tools such as Twist which let’s you track the popularity of topics on Twitter, or Newsmap which looks at global news trends. One of my personal favourites is Digg Stack which stacks up Digg stories, the more Diggs a story gets, the bigger the stack becomes.

These visualisations are appealing as a useful tool because of their immediacy, tracking trends can be done right now in real time using web capabilities to their fullest capacity.

You can find more examples of innovative data visualisations here

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