On Interactive Graphics

What exactly are interactive data journalism graphics and data stories? What makes them successful?

“It should be easy to understand at a glance, but complex enough to offer something interesting to people who want to go further

In the digital vacuum we call home, what could be more effective than something you can physically interact with?

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“The Topics View, focused on… how much positive or negative attention each event, athlete or social topic was generating at each moment and over time. The anecdotal and ephemeral was seen in the Message Stream View which showed Tweets in real-time as they were posted around the world.”

Personally, if I were going to create a story from data I’d definitely consider sculpture and graphic design. The former because it’s interactive, informative, and, perhaps, even innovative art/storytelling. I’d consider graphic design with an interactive polling option because it’s accessible to online viewers instantly and I’d get information from readers’ feedback.

In fact, as an artist, I already develop story ideas visually with an emphasis in interaction. That’s one of my main goals in general: get people involved and get them creating things despite self-consciousness. i.e. my Splatter in the Park project:


The Emoto Installation was likely such a huge success because of its appeal to a smorgasbord of audiences: athletes and sports fans; artists and data researchers; museum wanderers and anyone with access to a computer who follows the Olympics.

Emoto was a research collaboration that resulted in the EMOTO Topic Explorer:


ISI has demonstrated a unique capacity and discipline to organize itself around specific areas of inquiry… eliminating the borders between traditional disciplines to launch new areas of inquiry and thought.”

If you leave this article with your brain unexploded then I have failed you.

Thanks to Todd Felts and Kris Vagner for the great writing prompt.