Visualization deconstructed: Why animated geospatial data works | visual data | Scoop.it
When you plot geographic data onto the scenery of a map and then create a shifting window into that scene through the sequence of time, you create a deep, data-driven story.

One of the most powerful examples of interactive visualization is the animation of geospatial data. In its simplest state, this is geographical data with a timestamp, but when you plot this data onto the scenery of a map and then create a shifting window and a data-driven story.

So what are the design elements and characteristics that make these visualizations so powerful?