When I read this story about cancer care in the Sunday New York Times yesterday, I was struck by one particular information graphic which I thought was very nicely done:
It turns out that Chris Gemignani was impressed too, and he decided to recreate the image using Excel. Here’s what he came up with:
Going one huge step further, and in the spirit of today’s theme of narrating the work, he created a screencast in which he demonstrates the process of making that graphic. It’s a wonderful example of the dynamic I’ve been describing. One of the commenters on Chris’ blog thanks him for teaching him some helpful techniques. Another suggests a technique that Chris hadn’t used but thinks is interesting. Very cool!
With Excel, as with all software — on the desktop and on the web — there’s so much untapped potential. The obstacles are knowing what’s even possible, and then knowing how to achieve it. Screencasts like this one leap over both obstacles in a single bound.