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This dataset will change your mindset

September 28, 2010

Building on yesterday’s post, visualizations can do more than strengthen a message. They can also make you see things in an entirely new light. This is captured in Hans Rosling’s talk about stats in one of TED’s most popular talks. It’s nothing new, but worth seeing if you haven’t already:

Four years after this talk, echoes of Rosling’s belief in the beauty of stats are clear. In partnership with the Gates Foundation, The Guardian has developed a series of truly beautiful interactive infographics based on the latest Millennium Development Report card to mark the ten years since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals and track progress so far. This project aims to change perceptions, and is just one example of how visualizations are powerful and universal.

Considering how Generation Y prefers visual and symbolic information above the textual and verbal, it’s especially relevant today.

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