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David McCandless is known as the 'data journalist' behind the impressive book The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia and the blog Information is Beautiful. In a short amount of time, he has proven to be able to turn large, complex datasets into beautiful, simple diagrams that reveal unseen patterns and connections. In particular, David is one of the few people worldwide who explicitly tries to balance himself on the high rope that connects beauty and function. And this without any training in design or art.

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In "Mountains out of Molehills" (around 3 minutes in), how can one possibly measure the "intensity if fear" as reported in the media? I'd need to know what his methodology is.

Also that audience has a strange sense of humor - "swine flu" elicits laughs.

Sat 18 Sep 2010 at 6:53 AM
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