Numbers narrative

Whether or not you agree with their methodology I think the Economist’s Shoe-throwers’ index is a good example of using video to tell a numbers-based story.

With a tight script, well timed animations and clear explanations of what they’ve done it’s a good example of how a bit of hand-holding via video can bring complex numbers to life.

You wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, present this graphic as a static image. There’s far too much going on.

But having built up to it step by step you’re left with an understanding of how and why they got to this index.

I’d like to see more of this sort of thing.