I was saddened by the recent passing of Hans Rosling, the Swedish “Jedi master” of statistics* passed away recently.
* not my words, The Telegraph had this as a headline for an article about him: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/hans-rosling-jedi-master-statistics-dies-aged-68/
Bill Gates paid tribute to him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/829057938044039168?ref_src=twsrc^tfw
This was not because I am a fan of statistics – it has it’s place and it is important, but not something I am particularly fascinated by.
Here was someone who did not only grasp the statistics, but was emphatic with the people behind the numbers. He also understood how to enable the rest of us to comprehend those numbers in terms of “getting” the underlying causes.
Creating visuals, sometimes digitally, at other times as physical objects, he managed to engage his audiences and educate them at the same time entertain them.
How important graphic design can be when used to educate is easy to see. How can we not be inspired by this?
Here is a short example:
And here is a link to a longer talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FACK2knC08E