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Visual brilliance

Finally I found some brilliant visualizations in this collection by a Parsons MFA grad (warning: very graphic-intensive site!).   Here is an example (created by FAS.research) which analyzed the ball movement in the World Cup final between Italy and France:

Worldcupfinal
It is immediately clear which were the key players in the match.  If you saw the match, check your memory of what happened against what was plotted here.

Notice that every player was placed in his side of the pitch.  The chart did not use any data on where passes occurred, only who passed the ball to whom.  Such distortion is unavoidable in multi-dimensional charts, as the designer must choose some dimensions to display while hiding others.

Comments

John S.

Welcome back Kaiser, we missed reading your blog.

zbicyclist

I like this chart a lot. It's a good example of "not trying to show too many things".

It fits with my memory of the game, in which the French were generally running the offense down the center of the field, and the Italians were disproportionately going up the right. Neither strategy is "right" or "wrong" -- but they are different.

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