Shan Carter on Storytelling at the NYT

Shan Carter, Interactive graphic editor at the The New York Times, talks about his work telling stories with data. The presentation entitled: “How I tried for years to find the perfect form for interactive graphics, how I failed, and why, whether a perfect form exists or not, I’ve stopped my desperate pursuit.”, walks through some of the best NYT’s examples of interactive data journalism.

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The essential question is how best to present data and tell stories using different levels of interactivity. As part of this, he discusses a number of New York Times visualizations with differing levels of user interaction:

Essentially, what he really wants is:

Something that does statistical analysis, has approachable storytelling and has useful and judicious interactivity

He goes on to say the questions we should ask about data visualizations are: ‘Is it surprising? Is it heartfelt? Does it make me laugh? Our goal is not to make great visualizations, but to communicate with human beings.’

(via FlowingData)

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