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After the flood

The Problem

Feeds are a staple communication channel but cannot integrate high-level data insights without Javascript

Our Solution

AtF Spark helps users to communicate quantitative insights without the need for code


Version 1 is now released

“Can charts be shown in text without using code?”

Data can be hard to grasp – visualising it can make comprehension faster. Sparklines (tiny charts in text, like this: 123{10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100}789) are a useful tool but creating them for the web has always required code. Removing the need for code makes it more accessible. If you can use type, you can use Spark.

Generalist users want a way in. The trouble with headlines is that they are often text-only. The actual visual evidence is data, which is never included in the headline. The evidence point is always relegated to a click away, making the assertion in the headline less convincing.

AtF Spark is a font that allows for the combination of text and visual data to show an idea and evidence in one headline. This builds on the principle of Sparklines defined by Edward Tufte and makes them easier to use. Sparklines are currently available as plugins or javascript elements. By installing the Spark font you can use them immediately without the need for custom code.

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