David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization > more than just pretty pictures.

David is a pioneering form of journalist. He describes himself as a data journalist and this talk is a great introduction to his work and to the emergence of a whole new frontier of journalism - in other words the communication of news to the world.
In David's hands, screaming tabloid headlines, giant unseen data sets and the myth-building nonsense propagated by 24hour rolling news are contextualised and transformed into visual opEds - editorialised but truthful - visual information allows us to instinctively analyse and contrast in a language we all understand.

As the data explosion challenges our ability to communicate huge data sets in a clear, compelling and factual way it seems obvious that this problem is far beyond the limits of language and our limited attention spans. Visualisation is the news medium of the future and I think David is a genius at this new art form. Mainly because he is a journalist first and an artist second.

And Neville Brody can suck eggs.