Data comics marries the nerd and the geek in you

At first sight this comic by computer scientist Matt Hong looks like one of Randall Munroe’s more elaborate xkcd gags, but it is something completely new.

This is a comic that tells a simple story, while at the same time providing the reader with actual insights on statistical data, in this case the distribution of activities along a typical American day.

To be honest, it took me a moment to grasp the meaning of the darkened frames, but it is really quite brilliant, poetic even. The graph device allows Hong to tell a fairly mundane story, essentially how an average American spends his day, while immersing it in context and suggesting a whole world around the anecdotal.

I was awestruck by this small gem. It was good enough to awaken the forever hybernating beast that is this blog.

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