Visual Storytelling – Ben Holland

I’ve recently been really interested in this concept lately. I do a lot of data analysis and dashboarding at work, so visual “storytelling” is basically what I do (in a sense). If a dashboard can’t show you the relevant information you need in a short amount of time, it’s no more clear than looking at raw data. There are some really amazing data analytics tools out there, but the one that is really taking the market by storm is called Tableau. The amount of incredible detail you can go into to create intricate stories based on raw data is unbelievable.

On a completely other note, I’ve been following a blog called Doghouse Diaries. It is a series of memes/comics that are published every Tuesday and Friday of each week. The visual rhetoric is absolutely hilarious, and they tell such relatable, intricate stories so easily. Here is the latest one from this past week:


I absolutely love the story here—it’s one that I’ve experience hundreds of times. Other comics contain no words, and are simply commentary mixed with graphs, like this one:


I’ve enjoyed reading their blog for a long time, and I hope they keep up the amazing storytelling with such simple artwork and language!


One thought on “Visual Storytelling – Ben Holland

  1. meaganmthornton February 21, 2015 / 6:04 am

    I love comics and internet commentaries that all of us can relate to like this one, and I find it interesting how, like you said, the image can tell its story solely through graphics. Also, I like how the story’s main appeal is how relatable it is to anyone who owns a smartphone. There seems to be more and more of this kind of material popping up, and we’ll likely see more as time goes on.
    ~Alexander Lewandowski


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