Have you ever sat in front of your computer with the determination to build a viz, but every dataset you download gives you zero inspiration of what to build? This happens to me quite often. I enjoy building and analysing data; in fact, I love it. But sometimes I just cannot get something good out of the data. And it is not because the data has nothing to say, but that the data does not seem to inspire me.
I find that I am more willing and eager to spend loads of time building visualisations and exploring data when I have a personal interest in the subject matter. And the deeper you explore, the more interesting things you find within the data.
Over the weekend, I spent most of my time diving into a data set on Agriculture exports from Australia. As this is one of my interests (growing up on a cattle farm and completing an MSc in Animal Sciences), I was extremely eager to spend my time exploring and visualizing the data instead of crashing on the couch to watch tv.
I thought I would share this passion of mine and the visualization that came out of it to inspire others to visualise their passions.
You can view the viz I built on animal exports from Australia here.
In conclusion, if you are determined to build a viz but can’t find data that gives you inspiration; go back to what you are passionate about. You are sure to find the inspiration you need to build an interesting viz.