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Some concepts don’t become clear unless you see them in action.

Watch this astonishing presentation by Hans Rosling from TED 2006: "Debunking third-world myths with the best stats
you’ve ever seen"

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Now you can even do it yourself with Google Motion Charts. Here’s one from Gapminder:

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  1. Patrick April 2, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    I love TED a whole lot. I am really interested in inspiring speakers. Have you ever seen Randy Pausches, “The Last Lecture” Probably my most favorite thing of all time, and the most inspiring thing.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5700431505846055184

  2. Michael E. Rubin, GasPedal April 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Completely agree. I’ve seen so many charts in PowerPoint over the years that seem needlessly complicated. The lesson is clear — for a bigger implact, use a visual chart or graph to represent a complex idea *simply*. It doesn’t have to be cute, cool, or complex. A simple two-bar graph can speak volumes.
    By the way, I completely echo and second Patrick’s comment about Randy Pausch. If anyone is interested, ABC is running a special about him on April 9 at 9pm CT. For more info, go here: http://abcnews.go.com/gma/lastlecture
    I am a GasPedal employee and this is my personal opinion.

  3. Alanna Shaikh April 4, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    I’ve loved that presentation for a long time; it’s a great example of the power of well-presented information.

  4. Jeff Larche April 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    This is a terrific example of explaining by involving! I remember when Slate.com was first launch. One of the visions was to show world maps in such a way that users could interact with them. This was way back in the mid-90’s! It’s exciting to see this technology becoming more common!

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