Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis

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Like another fellow student of mine, I enjoy flow charts as a means of visualizing data. Not only are they easy to understand, but there's significant room for humor (which also helps me in recalling it). The above visualization is a good example of this. It's length requires scrolling to be necessary, but for a chart such as this, it is appropriate and doesn't detract from it. It's color usage is also simple, but the words are legible, and the shapes would still be distinguishable to the color blind (however it would affect its aesthetic, since it's a predominantly green chart). The light color and black text make it easy to read as well. Color and shape differences are also well used in differentiating the actual flow chart, and the quotes that exist alongside it, which are pink and are shaped as speech bubbles.

Original: http://flowingdata.com/2008/11/25/visual-guide-to-the-financial-crisis/

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