Chapter 2 goes on to talk about storytelling in info visualization. Ben Fry talks about seven stages of creating an info visualization which are: acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, and interact. Besides all these Storytelling is the biggest talent to creating an info visual.But that does not mean each visual/data needs a story.
Question + Visual Data + Content = Story
Further in the chapter the author talks about what their gudielines are for creating an effective visual which are:
- Formulate the question.
- Gather the data.
- Apply a visual representation.
Formulate the question… Ask the question that is going to drive the story you’re trying to tell. A specific question will have a heavy impact on the final representation of the visual. Questions that we ask that start out with “where”, “when”, “how much”, “how often” are great starting points.
I also like how the author goes into talking about the visual and the different elements we can use for creating one. Two good examples are Size & Color.
3. Not so much a place for statistics but a great source for inspiration