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Hans Rosling – the World’s Greatest Data-Storyteller

Very sad to hear that Hans Rosling has passed away. Such a grand ninja of dataviz. His spectacular talks convinced me that data stories could be enlightening, illuminating, and entertaining – all at the same time.

Some of his best sequences:
» Five ways the world is doing better than you think (2013) – people are healthier, better educated than you might think
» 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes (2010) – health data in visual space
» The best stats you’ve ever seen (2006) – debunking myths about the so-called “developing world”

And heartfelt obits:
» NY Times: Rosling was “a Swedish doctor who transformed himself into a pop-star statistician”
» Guardian – “a kind and constantly curious genius”
» The Economist “a natural showman”

Thank you Hans.

David

 

Help pick the 2016 IIB Awards winners

For the year’s most eye-sizzling, thought-provoking data visualizations & infographics, check out the 2016 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards shortlist.

Here’s the shortlist:
» Data visualization – a singular viz (maybe with some slight interaction)
» Infographic – a series of visualisations along a theme or story
» Dataviz project – a piece involving multiple viz, could be a book / site / exhibition
» Data journalism – graphics and longform copy working together
» Interactive Visualization – filtering, sorting, manipulation, exploration
» Dataviz website – the go-to place for inspiration and new work

Your vote decides the winner of our Community award and counts alongside the opinions of our 30+ expert judges. Explore the six public categories, pick the graphic or interactive you like the most, and hit the grey Vote button on the right.

Voting closes Tues 11 Oct 11:59pm PST. Winners announced Weds 2 Nov.

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