From: D&AD


Data isn’t just about facts and figures. It’s increasingly becoming the building blocks for a new wave of creativity, that’s being used by brands to do everything from influencing behaviour to changing perceptions. It’s also an opportunity to discover and share narratives – becoming a fresh new form of storytelling.

We spoke with three people – Shift Design’s Tori Flower, Spotify’s Alex Bodman and Visualized’s Maral Pourkazemi – that are immersed in data, day-in day-out, to find out exactly what it takes to turn statistics into stories.

1. Data can be presented to get people to compete with others – look at how O Power compares how much energy you are using to others in similar homes, and Strava shows how well you compare to others who are also running and cycling in your area.

2. Large data sets can inspire others to act. Historypin uses big data sets of old photos from archives and museums as stimulus for story-sharing sessions, encouraging conversation and debate.


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