How would you present 1000 lines of data, each consisting of ten data points, in an accessible format?
Someone pointed out to me this interesting solution to the problem applied to a century of popularity data on the top 1000 baby names (requires Java). It cleverly combines typedown find with a dynamically recalculated and scaled chart – simple yet powerful.
OK, so most of you won’t have deep unmet baby-name-popularity-analysis needs, but I think there are lessons to be learnt here about creative ways to allow users to visualise and manipulate large quantities of data.
(None of you will be surprised to hear that “Gervase” is not in the top 1000 names for any decade this century.)