Great charts: US Movie Box Office '08

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They say a photo is worth a thousand words, and a good chart is worth a million numbers. There's no denying the fact our brains are wired to understand visuals better and faster than numbers.

I ran across this super-creative visualization online last week and was blown away. The chart depicts US movie box office numbers for every opening weekend in 2008 (it's still being updated over time).

This is a brilliant visualization because it does exactly what a great chart should do — it conveys an enormous amount of information, all of the relationships within a huge set of data, instantly.

Nothing about this chart is creative just for creativity's sake. All of its features, from the colors to the shapes, make it more effective at telling its story.

Makes an ordinary bar chart seem kind of dull, doesn't it?

Check it out here.

Visualization by Zach Beane (via swiss-miss)