Want to make your lazy data a cool GIF to tell stories? Google has launched a handy animation tool that essentially lets you transform your illustrations into animated comparison GIFs.
The tool is called Data GIF Maker and allows journalists that rely on data when telling stories to present interactive polling numbers, sales figures, movie ratings and any other information.
The app was developed by Simon Rogers, Google’s data editor, and is fairly straightforward:
Enter your data points
Choose names for the points of comparison in question
Select colors for each data entry
Add explanatory text
Click ‘Download as GIF’ to generate the images
One thing Google overlooked is the ability to select how the data displayed has changed over time, which means you will have to add that additional information separately – in captions, for example.
Have you used this tool? Do you find it helpful?