data, data journalism, data visualization

5 TED videos on data visualisation that you should watch

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a platform where people from around the world spread ideas as powerful talks. Speakers cover a vast list of topics in more than 100 languages.

Below I have selected 5 great videos on data visualisation that can help you to see data and design from another point of view:

1. Hans RoslingThe best stats you’ve ever seen

This video tackles global health and poverty trends in solid statistics through Gapminder, a visualisation software developed by Rosling, his son and his daughter-in-law.

What could be a boring presentation full of numbers results in animated bubbles where data comes to live:

2. David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

McCandless talks about the importance of turning complex data sets into infographics to discover patterns and connections.

Visualisations let the user concentrate on some specific area and connect facts. From McCandless’ point of view: “data is the new soil”.

3. Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating

This funny talk shows how Amy gathered data in a spreadsheet about her life after having no luck with online dating.

She started making correlations and algorithms from the dating website to find good guys for her. She created 72 data points to connect with other profiles and studied the competition:

4. Aaron KoblinVisualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced data 

This artist gathers a vast amount of data and depicts these facts into mind-blowing visualisations.

He collected information on airline flights for a 24 hour period, the number of messages sent in Amsterdam and 10,000 sheep draws from online users wrapped in a website.

5. Jer Thorp: The weight of data

This artist and educator from Vancouver talks about the evolution of data and graphics in a human context. He uses some useful examples such as a year’s news cycle or how people share articles on the Internet.

Between science, art and design he creates visual tools to understand and explore human interests’ topics:


Look for more TED talks here.

Do you have any other examples? Let me know in the comments


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