I love visualizations because they communcate so much with little effort. Most visualizations are done with words because words are so convenient and usable by everyone. Graphical visualizations can be much more powerful but they’re usually restricted to 2D. Animated visualizations are even better. 3D visualizations that you can interact with are the best.
Here in the second decade of the 21st century, with so many 3D animated feature films around, you’d think there would be more 3D visualizations, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before that 3D technology makes its way down to being usable by regular people like you and me. But it’s long overdue! In the meantime, please enjoy the following…
TED: David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization – [His Site]
Visualizing Popular Conference Topics
How Tech Companies Are Interconnected
A Motion Chart for the Mobile Phone Market – asymco.com
Animated Map of East Coast Earthquake Tweets
A School Day Visualized
US Military Spending
This is a living resource that’s constantly updated, last updated 20 Sept 2011.