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Visualizing Movie Revenues March 4, 2008

Posted by Andre Vellino in CISTI Visualization, User Interface, Visualization.
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This New York Times Flash visualization of how movies have fared at the box office over time has received a lot of attention in the blogosphere, but it’s deserves the attention it’s getting. Simply put – it’s beautiful.

N.Y. Times visualization of box office revenues

The icing on the cake for the authors of this piece must be Ben Shneiderman’s 6-line comment on the Portfolio.com blog post about how this thing came to be. Nothing like praise from the father of it all.

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1. Daniel Lemire - March 4, 2008

To me, ths is useless. No drill-down, no roll-up, no comparisons, no interactivity. It is just a static, non-interactive image with hyperlinks added as an afterthought. This will look old in 3 weeks.

(Though I now know you a little bit, and I could have predicted you’d like this.)

2. Andre Vellino - March 5, 2008

I didn’t say it was useful – just beautiful :-). And for something that was put together in 3 days in Flash, I think it’s quite interesting. One criticism I saw was that the data representation wasn’t normalized on the x-axis (“above” and “below” the x-axis don’t mean anything in the original NYT representation) and they did a version that is normalized (so that the y-axis means something) which is probably more useful.

I take your point about limited interactivity. But I think the graphical ideas (colour shading for areas under the curve-shape, the superposition of slices in time) could be combined with what was a promising interactive tool from Gapminder – http://www.gapminder.org/world/ (which Google bought some time ago but doesn’t seem to have developed any further for some reason).


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