audience, data visualization, infographic, Interactivity, virtual reality

Placing the user within the story: 3 good approaches

One of the oldest and most important unwritten rule says that you shouldn’t rely on words to tell your story.

Jerry Jenkins defines telling as simply informing your reader of information, rather than allowing him to deduce anything (showing).

In an information-saturated age, facts and figures don’t stick in our minds and the audience demands stories (Morgan, 2014).

Immersive reality, or interactive visualisations, amongst other technologies, facilitate media and companies to go beyond telling or showing and are placing the audience within the story.

An easy topic to apply these techniques are natural disasters. Audiences can hardly place themselves into the affected area or respond quickly to these dangers, and smartphones can help in this learning.

Below three good approaches:

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5 great (and offbeat) World Cup 2018 visualizations

The World Cup 2018 has been running for a week in Russia now, and several data visualizations have been released to guide the user through the teams and showcase the winner.

From all publications, I’ve selected 5 that have an add-on to the conventional graphics from a competition where the same rules, process and data applies every four years.

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“I tried to deal with numbers as professional as I could. But behind these, there were people, and I couldn’t run away from it” says Ferran Morales

What should we ask to the data? What is data telling us? And what is actually not telling?


Ferran Morales showing infographics from Zainab’ story

Ferran Morales, data journalist and graphic designer at El Mundo Deportivo, explains his challenge on processing refugees data to map The story of Zainab, an 11 years-old Syrian refugee girl and her family that had to leave their home because of the war in 2011.

This project was created by a group of people from Media Lab Prado under the Visualizar 2017, a workshop for prototyping data visualisation projects.

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What I learned on misleading data and visualizations at Alberto Cairo’s #visualTrumpery event

Trumpery is not linked to a famous politician. It means something flashy or beautiful, but without content. This is how Doctor Alberto Cairo started his talk in Barcelona last Friday on data visualizations and the challenge of truthful information.

Below 5 takeaways from the event to data journalists on their attitude towards teaching the audience to properly interprete graphs and visualizations:

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Instagram sketches: How can chatbots be more friendly?

Chatbots are on the first stage of experimenting through APIs, voice and messaging apps. However, last conferences such as the Web Summit in Portugal, the Chatbot Conference in Vienna or the API days in Barcelona have raised awareness on design and personalities to create more human interactions:

Efforts on choosing platforms or technologies to build chatbots shouldn’t override the conversation between the robot and a human. For this reason, accessing the chatbot is as important as drawing the conversation through flowcharts, mindmaps or storyboards. Could “Sorry, I didn’t understand your reply” be more friendly and approachable?

Instagram is an interesting platform that not only focuses on photography but also drawings. Below I have gathered some examples of chatbot storyboards that present customised scenarios between bots and users:

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