If you read a visualization it’s no longer static. It can’t be. Just like words, reading always happens in time.
We can’t have it any other way. We as humans are temporal beings, one moment after the other until the last.
While going through time, our mind changes, our ideas and concepts of the world. We learn new things constantly, if we want it or not.
So how do we bridge the gap between anecdotes and statistics? How can we relate to parts of our data while at the same time being able to see the bigger picture? The answer is micro-macro.
Interactives are expensive to make — they have to work across devices, using trackpads and fingers. They’re error-prone and can tarnish the publication’s reception within their audience. So why even bother?
Visits is an on-going research project about visualizing personal location histories that I've been meaning to write about for a while now. Location histories from services such as Moves or Google can be loaded and explored as interactive map-timelines. Plus, I get to rant about personal data's bogeyman reputation.
If you've ever been to New York, you most definitely have used its extensive and (somewhat) reliable Subway - the easiest way to travel through the city. And if you took a look at your fellow passengers you might have noticed that at certain points on the line, people frantically started tapping and swiping their phones only to let go after a bit with a disappointed face. New York City is one of the few remaining metropolis without comprehensive cell phone reception on their subway system.