Data Visualization at the New York Times

I attended a talk by Amanda Cox (webcast) from New York Times. She highlighted some of the work that required data visualization published on New York Times website. Her presentation was done in an unusual style: each point of her talk was illustrated by one or more examples life from the New York Times website. The most memorable points for me were:

  • Good songs have good background singers (example). This means that providing background or relevant information can enhance overall data presentation.
  • Annotation layer is the most important thing that they do (example). This means that providing helpful information along with the visualization helps viewers to understand the information.
  • Amanda stressed that it is not yet clear how to balance story with an interactive presentations. I would say RPG games are haunted by this problem as well.

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