Movie Narrative Charts

At the Insight conference last week, the after-lunch plenary spot was given to Huw Davis, who spoke on a subject close to my heart: data visualisation. Early references to the work of Edward Tufte and Stephen Few were an encouraging sign but, sadly, some technical gremlins led to a number of images from his presentation not appearing, including one representing Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812 by Charles Minard (regarded by Tufte as probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn). Hopefully we should have the presentation up here and available for download soon but, in the meantime, here’s a peek:

napoleons-march

Hearing Huw talk about this graphic, I was immediately reminded of another, similar image, that I’d been impressed with just a day earlier. It appeared at xkcd.com (“A webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.”), and I’ll let it speak for itself (click to view full-size):

movie_narrative_charts

Something to inspire those looking to visualise supporter journeys, perhaps?