Imagine a dance piece carefully composed and choreographed with the help of new media tools. Imagine its beauty, its simplicity as well as its aesthetic appeal. Come to think of it, it does exist. Data visualisation is now able to manifest itself in both performative and physical spaces.
"Hey, I just met you. And this is crazy. But I've got data. I won't call, maybe".
Apart from being a cheesy re-imagining of a pop song that surged through the airwaves last year, that opening line points to a question which has perhaps been on the minds of telecoms gurus for quite some time now: Are voice calls finally sliding further down the pecking order for mobile phone users?
The days of using Microsoft Word and Excel to create charts are gone. Let's consider data visualisation tools. They allow a user to save and/or publish visualisations directly online. Previously, these visualisations were merely saved onto your computer. Now your visualisations can be shared with the public or stored on an online platform for personal use.
We often find ourselves asking how we are supposed to make sense of data when we are bombarded with a myriad of numbers and information. Let’s get serious. Nowadays, you do not need to fear when data visualisation is near.
From graphs to maps to interactive timelines, you are now able to choose how you would like to represent data in order to tell a comprehensible story. What is more thrilling is that anyone can use these data visualisation tools and experiment with their creativity while doing so.