A few successes …

I don’t  (want to) buy the idea that it’s too hard to quantify/demonstrate impact of visualization. Yet I want more evidence/stories.

He is my very humble initial step (form your comments and twitter messages):

  • Persuasive graphics in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth
  • Hans Rosling’s explanation of world development with Gapminder
  • Florence Nightingdale’s Mortality Diagram
  • John Snow’s Cholera Map
  • Tableau having a $127M revenue in 2012 and going public
  • >50k downloads of ggplot2 in the last 4 months
  • Better diagnosis for hearth disease

What else? Please send me more!


8 thoughts on “A few successes …

  1. FILWD

    Yeah! You won’t believe it I was thinking about Gephi and D3 too while writing this post. Sébastien do you have any nice story from your customer base? That would be fantastic!

  2. Sébastien Heymann

    There is a good one here, “Analyzing Adverse Drug Events”: http://blog.cloudera.com/blog/2011/11/using-hadoop-to-analyze-adverse-drug-events/

    Maybe we should think about success as transformative power, i.e. how it is a support for change (see http://www.visceralbusiness.com/), or how visualization becomes a necessary part in a process or a product (see http://quid.com/).

    Or how it helps investigative journalists, like in this study on corruption in Switzerland on state markets:

  3. cscheid

    There’s some evidence (sorry, can’t remember where!) that John Snow’s Cholera Map was more explanatory than exploratory (that is, it concisely explained the issue after it had been mostly solved; the contaminated tap had already been shut down.)

    1. FILWD

      Yes, correct. I know that … nonetheless he is been successful in persuading decision makers with visualization. Makes sense?


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