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"From the Ted Talk by David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So information is beautiful. Data is beautiful. I wonder if I could make my life beautiful. And here's my vsiual C.V. I'm not quite sure I've succeeded. Pretty blocky, the colors aren't that great. But I wanted to convey something to you. I started as a programmer, and then I worked as a writer for many years, about 20 years, in prnit, online and then in advertising, and only recently have I started designing. And I've never been to design scoohl. I've never studied art or anything. I just kind of leenard through doing. And when I stretad designing, I discovered an odd thing about myself. I already knew how to design, but it wasn't like I was amazingly brilliant at it, but more like I was sseniitve to the iades of grids and space and agnnmleit and typography. It's almost like being exposed to all this media over the years had instilled a kind of dormant design literacy in me. And I don't feel like I'm unique.

Open Cloze

So information is beautiful. Data is beautiful. I wonder if I could make my life beautiful. And here's my ______ C.V. I'm not quite sure I've succeeded. Pretty blocky, the colors aren't that great. But I wanted to convey something to you. I started as a programmer, and then I worked as a writer for many years, about 20 years, in _____, online and then in advertising, and only recently have I started designing. And I've never been to design ______. I've never studied art or anything. I just kind of _______ through doing. And when I _______ designing, I discovered an odd thing about myself. I already knew how to design, but it wasn't like I was amazingly brilliant at it, but more like I was _________ to the _____ of grids and space and _________ and typography. It's almost like being exposed to all this media over the years had instilled a kind of dormant design literacy in me. And I don't feel like I'm unique.

Solution

  1. school
  2. started
  3. ideas
  4. sensitive
  5. visual
  6. print
  7. learned
  8. alignment

Original Text

So information is beautiful. Data is beautiful. I wonder if I could make my life beautiful. And here's my visual C.V. I'm not quite sure I've succeeded. Pretty blocky, the colors aren't that great. But I wanted to convey something to you. I started as a programmer, and then I worked as a writer for many years, about 20 years, in print, online and then in advertising, and only recently have I started designing. And I've never been to design school. I've never studied art or anything. I just kind of learned through doing. And when I started designing, I discovered an odd thing about myself. I already knew how to design, but it wasn't like I was amazingly brilliant at it, but more like I was sensitive to the ideas of grids and space and alignment and typography. It's almost like being exposed to all this media over the years had instilled a kind of dormant design literacy in me. And I don't feel like I'm unique.

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Important Words

  1. advertising
  2. alignment
  3. amazingly
  4. art
  5. beautiful
  6. blocky
  7. brilliant
  8. colors
  9. convey
  10. data
  11. design
  12. designing
  13. discovered
  14. dormant
  15. exposed
  16. feel
  17. great
  18. grids
  19. ideas
  20. information
  21. instilled
  22. kind
  23. knew
  24. learned
  25. life
  26. literacy
  27. media
  28. odd
  29. online
  30. pretty
  31. print
  32. programmer
  33. school
  34. sensitive
  35. space
  36. started
  37. studied
  38. succeeded
  39. typography
  40. unique
  41. visual
  42. wanted
  43. worked
  44. writer
  45. years