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Hard stats, great presentation

May 7th, 2009 | By: Martin Arrand

Trying to present statistics in an interesting and engaging way is terribly challenging. In the supply chain world, we often have to communicate rather dry numbers that imply significant conclusions for how our business should be run.

This has been kicking around the internet for some time now, so apologies if you’ve seen it before. In 2006, Professor Hans Rosling gave the following presentation at TED. It’s primarily about international health and development, but it’s also a bravura display of communicating some complex numbers in a way that gets across a clear message.

You can play with the data and charts for yourself at

And, if you fancy creating charts of your own, Google Docs has Motion Chart widget:


Comment from Ross
Time 14 October 2009 at 11:15 am

Hi Martin,

This is a good post on dynamic charts:

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