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Google’s New Tool Visualizes Your Data As Easy-To-Read, Fun GIFs
By Yoon Sann Wong, 30 May 2017
Data will no longer be boring what with the new and innovative ways of presenting information. One such method has come in the form of the “data gif”, animated visuals that display otherwise mundane facts and figures.
Simon Rogers, Data Editor at the Googe News Lab, explained on Google’s blog, “…with the growth of mobile devices as a primary method of consuming news, data visualizations can be simple images formatted for the device they appear on.”
With this in mind, Google has launched the Data GIF Maker—a tool that displays the share of search interest for two contrasting topics. Although this app has been created primarily for journalists, others can use the Data GIF Maker where they see fit.
“We typically use the tool to represent competing search interest, but it can show whatever you want it to—polling numbers, sales figures, movie ratings, etc. If you want to show search interest, you can compare two terms in the Google Trends explore tool, which will give you an average number (of search interest over time) for each term. Then input those two numbers in Data Gif Maker.”
The tool is incredibly easy to use, simply enter two data points with the relevant text, select the colors, add explanatory text, then hit “Launch Comparisons” or, if you’d like, “Download as GIF”.
Try your hand at Google’s new Data GIF Maker.
[via Google Blog, images via Data Gif Maker by Google News Lab]
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