The beauty of data visualization

A great TED presentation by David McCandles, the author of the http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/ blog.

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

I believe we as BI professionals need to rethink about how we represent the data and not rely on the default reporting tools available. I understand this has a lot to do with the time alloted to our thinking time by the customer but we should at least try. And of course we see a lot of the vendors work on new ways to visualize data out of the box with things like the PivotViewer or Tableau.

Check out my blog post on how to build amazing visualisation with the PivotViewer yourself.