When Paul Butler writes about how he created it, he shares with us how he had to tweak it, and how the results surprised him. That is true data-doodling. You guide things along, but then the data surprises (or delights) you.
I also like this small bit of musing that he includes:
What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn’t represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships. Each line might represent a friendship made while travelling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life.
For those of us who are new to R, this example has a few things to try. Take any dataset with Lat/Long values in it, and plot it over a world map. Once you can do that successfully, try this.
(Also pointed out courtesy of Xingmowang.)
- Check out this post (great step-by-step tutorial) from FlowingData Nathan. (Another great example of a true visual-data-doodler.
We may not all create infographics that are great, but these examples will point us in the right direction.