- Infographics & Data Visualization / 2010
2010 was a great year for infographics.
- Infographics and Data Visualization significantly expanded it's reach in the broader tech community in 2010. Data Visualization is nothing new, but it seems that regular folks are starting to hip to the concept. For me, my official start in the data visualization realm was redesigning Yahoo! Weather in 1997. This was real-time, Living Data that was being updated every 10 minutes with millions of people a day checking in.
In 2006, I came to believe that there was power in using timelines to map past and present events, and I had invented a way to do this. I presented this idea to various colleagues with the intent to form a company around it. Dipity was born in 2007 as a way to publicly experiment with these concepts.
In 2010, I hooked up with Viral Heat and my buddy Josh at Jones-Dilworth to do some more static and illustrated infographics to be used on various tech blogs. The first project was the announcement of the iPad that just happened to coincide with Obama's first year State of the Union. The infographic initially appeared on Mashable, and the response was better than expected. The graphic quickly spread to other sites, notably Gizmodo and Techcrunch. The results were very interesting and the graphic had garnered thousands of viewers in a matter of hours. Subsequent infographics for Viral Heat, 22 Squared, ESPN, Microsoft Sharepoint, Aptimize, and Workstreamer have pulled in millions of viewers, for which I'm very proud.
I'm very interested in exploring new trends in data visualization in the near future. If you have some data that needs to be visualized, let's talk. — BJ Heinley