We’ve written about the role of data visualization influencing consumers to be more aware of their impact. This past weekend, we noticed Fast Company suggesting that data visualization is the new frontier to design.

If we’re going to live in a world driven by data, the thinking goes, we need a simple means of digesting it all. We are increasingly a visual society, and our understanding of the world is increasingly made possible by this new visual language.

Some of the examples they site include an interactive swine flu map created by The NY Times, showcasing the most popular sites online in the form of a subway map, and the city of Stockholm reducing carbon emissions by 25% through tracking the movement of every car.

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