Archive for December, 2012

December 16, 2012

Telling Stories About Data

The creator of the infamous We Feel Fine visualization, Jonathan Harris, considers himself a storyteller first and a visualization designer second. He says that ‘the data is just part of the story. The human stuff is the main stuff, and the data should enrich it’.

via Narrative Structures in Data Visualizations to Improve Storytelling », News, Augmented.

December 14, 2012

What Lego Learned About Story

[Lego] bought the exclusive rights to Star Wars. If you want to build a Death Star out of plastic blocks, Lego is now your only option.The Star Wars blocks were wildly successful. So Lego kept going — it licensed Indiana Jones, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story and Harry Potter.

Sales of these products have been huge for Lego. More important, the experience has taught the company that what kids wanted to do with the blocks was tell stories. Lego makes or licenses the stories they want to tell.

via Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular : Planet Money : NPR.