Google News Lab recently launched a Data Gif Maker tool for creating animated data visualizations.
“Data visualizations are an essential storytelling tool in journalism, and though they are often intricate, they don’t have to be complex.”, Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google News Labs said, “In fact, with the growth of mobile devices as a primary method of consuming news, data visualizations can be simple images formatted for the device they appear on.”
When you use the tool, it feels like it is in its infancy. It only supports two comparisons, and the Gif export is so slow it’s excruciating, but the results look good. Here is an example of taking PHP version usage stats from W3Techs:
Give it a try the next time you have a simple data set you’d like to showcase.
Moon is a minimal and fast library for building user interfaces. Its syntax is similar to Vue.js but it weighs in at only 6kb and reports 102 repaints/sec which is almost double Vue’s results.
Moon combines the positive aspects of popular libraries into one small package. It’s super lightweight and includes advanced optimizations to ensure fast render times. The API is small and intuitive, while still remaining powerful.
Moon differs from the existing solutions by providing a faster, yet compact library with a simple but powerful API. It uses a virtual DOM system similar to React, but includes advanced optimizations crafted specifically for Moon, similar to the Glimmer engine by the Ember team. In a variety of benchmarks, Moon has proven itself to be the fastest UI library out there.
Per the getting started guide here is a quick example of a simple Moon instance: