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The discussion about the need to make a distinction between data visualization and data art has recently resurfaced in various various online locations.

Now it seems we might have to rehash this discussion also for the practice of animated infographics. Since quite some time, The Economist has semi-regularly been featuring a new sort of information display, which they coin as "videographics". For instance, in their latest installment titled America's Presidential Race [economist.com] one can experience quite relatively sophisticated data graphics, charts and diagrams, instead of the usual flashy animated typographic and iconographic effects for this kind of practice. Here, the presentation is further augmented with animations and a narration.

Other installments include an explanation of the French elections, or a detailed analysis of the state of the nation.

You can also watch the animation below.



The radial area chart is mapped linearly. So many poor design choices and mistakes. I cant say if this is art but it is not data visualization

Mon 28 May 2012 at 9:32 AM
Jörgen Abrahamsson
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