Data visulaization of the passengers of Titanic,
Choose different categories to comapre and explore who were on the unfortunate ship.
What kind of data did you test it with?
We decided to use the Titanic dataset and chose the template “survey” where you can create an interactive dot visualization where the user self can click and choose what to compare.
What type of output?
You can get the output of Flourish both embedded and in png, depending on what template you use. The interactive visualization which you get embedded does have a made with Flourish-icon, which does not look that good when published in a serious newspaper. However, you can pay for Flourish, and hopefully the icon then disappears.
Flourish is fairly user-friendly mainly depending on what template you choose to work with. When it comes to creating bar charts, for example, Flourish is really easy to use – if you have the right data for it.
With the template Survey (the one used at the top of the post), which creates interactive visualizations, it took a little longer for us to understand how everything worked. We soon figured out how to get the data in the right columns, by selecting if the data/answer of the question was categorical, continuous, geographic or metadata. However, as you can see the geographic part did not work, probably because we need to sort the places into a language that Flourish understands, which probably is latitudes and longitudes of the places.
Flourish accepts excel files and you can clean and change the data in Flourish. However, what is really annoying is that once you choose to work with a Flourish template you do not get a clean sheet to work with, but the example sheet. This means that you have to delete all the earlier sheets, data and options to not mix them up with the new data you have uploaded.
The output does look very professional and advanced. However, the output may require a lot of time and interest of the user, which he or she might not have.
Flexibility and customizability?
When it comes to the flexibility, Flourish allow you to change colors and style by selecting from big set of options, you can do all these changes online without the need to download the tool to your computer, it allows to you publish and embed by getting a link to be used in your website of publication website, also you can download the and save the project to your server. Using flourish allows you to customize using easy functions such as selecting from drop-down list that includes the categories and variable in your data, filtering options, are Grouped by, Shade by, Size by and Compare.
Screenshots from your experiments (you can embed interactive vis if you want to)
What kind of data does it visualise?
The data should be in column and rows formats and can be uploaded or copied/pasted from excel.
Is it useful for journalists? What kind of journalists?
The tool is a good tool in term of visualization of statistical data and allow you to explore the data by forming different connections between the data categories and variables in the statistics. Thus it is useful for journalism who want to build a data journalism stories and visualize it in a simple way to readers.
What is the cost? Is there a free account, and is it limited by time, features or non-profit?
Flourish has a three types of account, Free, Personal and Business.
Free account does not have a time limit, it allows you do use basic functions including the core templates, maps and charts, it also allows you to embed projects on your website, create stories and presentations, save images for offline use.
Private account cost 45 Euro per month, it has all the basic features available under the free account, but also allow the users to add privacy to their data, download and self-host projects, in addition to providing a customer service support.
Business account: The cost is not provided, we contacted them and they said that the business account cost is decided in link to how many users the company or the organization need to use. The business account allows the organizations to upload custom templates, collaboration and team management, provide additional training to the users and customized development solutions.