It’s okay BuzzFeed, we’ll stay for the videos

BuzzFeed has done an amazing job of building their brand as a continuously updating hub for entertainment. Listicles, short and long videos dominate on FaceBook and on the BuzzFeed websites, but as discussed before, long-form news with data doesn’t makes the cut.

Finding a data visualization story requires intense digging, only to come up short. I did find, however, that BuzzFeed would never disappoint by going off brand for anything.

When BuzzFeed needs to use charts, they make their own, like in this very informativeĀ Stranger Things related article.

By definition, it’s not exactly data visualization by way of putting major trends and patterns in real life…but maybe the Stranger-verse works too.

Keely Flaherty, who wrote the listicle, also created the graphics.

Here’s a scatterplot:

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A colorful venn diagram:


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A very poignant pie chart:


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And a flow chart of sorts:

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I think we came to the conclusion a while ago that BuzzFeed has many sides to it, so I’m hoping that with these graphic design skills obviously present on staff, if BuzzFeed needs to make a serious data visualization article, they certainly could.


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