Interactive information graphics

Posted on February 26, 2008


The New York Times has been doing some lovely interactive information graphics recently.

Here’s one I saw today: Hollywood box office receipts over the past ten years.

As always, there is a minimum of chrome, and a maximum of information. The graphs itslef is lovely to look at — a sinuous, organic shape.

Could it be improved? Sure. I’d have had a little more information in the popup — like total gross box, weeks in the top ten, and maybe a the NYT Reader Rating.

Indeed, the latter statistic would be an interesting alternative colouring scheme for the individual movies that make up the graph. The current colour largely ties intot he apparent mass of the movie shape. But colouring based on the reader rating would highlight the oftne inverse relationship between critical acclaim and box office performance.

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