|Mark McCrindle, Social Researcher, McCrindle Research, speaks at a keynote|
during the Tableau on Tour roadshow in Singapore.
"We live in a visual world, we are visual people...We process visuals far more quickly, that's why safety messages are always in visual form."
According to McCrindle, Excel spreadsheets may convey data, but visuals do it more effectively. He praised the visuals available from the Department of Statistics (SingStats) in Singapore - "(they've) got more infographics than I have ever seen on any statistical website in any country" - and shared some of the infographics from the SingStats site during his keynote.
McCrindle also pointed out that communication is changing as different generations speak a different language. Generation Z in particular is extremely mobile, digital, and visual in terms of information is processed, he said. Interactive data is the type of data that they respond to, he noted.
"In this decade we have entered the great screen age, and this has changed the way we process information," he said. "If we want to connect with a global, mobile, social generation we have to find new ways of communicating."
Other factors that contribute to effective communication include relevance and responsiveness to change. "It's data storytelling," he explained.
A selection of slides from McCrindle's presentation:
|The visual element in 'research', 'insight' and 'foresee'.|
|Some of the visualisations available on Singapore's Singstats website.|
|An example of a visual sign which is now outdated, and hence irrelevant for visual communication. The stylised figure of a swimmer with hands up in distress can also be read as the popular social media acronym LOL, or 'laugh out loud'.|
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