A Nice Way to Integrate Charts Into A Narrative Flow

Published on January, 22 2016 by Olivier Travers on our data/viz blog

In this article on a potential forthcoming recession, Bloomberg Business showcases an elegant way to integrate a lot of charts into an article without disrupting its flow and making it overly ponderous on a cell phone. Charts expand on demand (by mouse hover on a PC, tap on a touch device) from hyperlinks/icons in the article itself, as illustrated below:

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Screenshot of Bloomberg Business article

There are 23 charts and data boxes in this article, and this is an elegant way to keep the article format compact and readable. The hyperlinks are even color-coded by topic, with orange for macro indicators followed by green for job-related metrics. Nicely execution by Bloomberg.