Information is Beautiful Movie Explorer

OK, so this is not a baseball post, but it does involve visualization, and it employs the great Exhibit toolkit from the MIT Simile project. The Information is Beautiful website, led by David McCandless, hosts monthly visualization challenges for data and visual geeks like myself. Trust me, there are some exceptional folks out there turning seemingly mundane information into incredible visuals.

Anyhow, the data provided for the current challenge is movie-based, with loads of information on movies released between 2007 and 2011 – genre, story, profitability, budget, audience score, and much more. Here's a screenshot of what I did with the info:

Movie Explorer

Entrants can use any part of the info, or all of it. Given that my entry is competing in the interactive division, I chose to show most, if not all of the information, by building a 'Movie Explorer' using Exhibit. Take a test drive here – personally, I find it a bit addictive and fun to play with, but maybe that's just me speaking as a proud parent. Caution – it seems to work best in recent versions of Chrome and Firefox – my version of IE has problems with the scripts.


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Ken Cherven is the Founder and Curator of the website. He loves to merge baseball data with all sorts of visualization methods - charts, network graphs, maps, etc. to provide greater insight into underlying data patterns. Ken also authors books about baseball and visualization, and loves to listen to jazz while drinking some wine, craft beer, or bourbon.