Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Visualizing Bloodtests

Great example of visualization can improve data presentation from David McCandless. This example takes something very important and difficult to understand - blood test results - and turns them into a visual easy to understand document.

Visualizing Bloodtests:
We were happy to win a design competition in Wired US this month. 
It was around re-envisioning medical data. Specifically, blood test results. Which suck, design-wise. They still look like secret missives from the CIA circa 1965. Yet their contents are vitally – perhaps mortally – important. 

Our challenge was to approach a cholesterol level test. First it looked like this.
Then we designed it thus:

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