New information visualization techniques tend to be adopted slowly. When something innovative hits the mainstream, it is most certainly worth noting, because, sooner or later, your dashboard users are going to say to you, “How about that information gadget I saw in the New York Times?”.
Today, let’s all go and try out an interactive application on the New York Times site: An Analysis of the 34,000 Words in the State of the Union Address.
Here is a screenshot of this incredible application. Note the use of the heat-map style where the size of the graphic denotes the relative weight of the occurances. We’ve noted the use of such information visualization techniques before on dashboards.
Tags: New York Times Interactive Analysis of the 34,00 State of the Union Address Words Delivered by George Bush, Heatmap dashboards, Information Visualization