David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

The kind of TED talk that I love. The key to visualization of data and information is context. Without context everything is meaningless. Once context is added to a visualization, every image starts to tell a tale.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

Bonus Video: Does your mindset match the dataset?

Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

More from the data visualization master, Hans Rosling.

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