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Packing lots of stuff into a tiny chart
The more observant among you may have noticed that some of the stories on our website now feature interactive charts. Like in our stories on the GDP flash estimates, Osim's recent share movements and the penny collapse of 2013.
Just a few years ago, stuff like these would have been prohibitively complicated to produce. What happened? First of all, data became a lot more accessible. Getting years of historical stock price data is ridiculously easy nowadays, for example. Web technology has also improved tremendously, and the past couple of years have really opened up a lot of new trails for data visualisation.
Thanks to some very talented colleagues, we can now produce these interactive line charts in very little time. From a design perspective, we've tried to keep the charts compact so that they don't get in the way of the story, but also packed whatever nifty features we could into that little box. You can see individual values when you hover over the chart, highlight individual lines to compare them, and see key events over the observation period. From a storytelling perspective, it's highly liberating to be able to share all of that information in such a small space.