Our #Sketchnote Enthusiasts at Work – #SND2018

Sketchnoting helps communicate ideas better and more than anything else is a lot of fun. Gramener’s Ramya, Ankita, Hari & RajaSekhar  celebrated World Sketchnote Day sketching to their heart’s content.

Here’s what they’ve created. Hope you like them.

A Sketch of events in 2017 by Ramya
Sketch of ‘An Internet Minute in 2017’ by Ankita
A Sketch on ‘Unusual Words’ by Ankita
A Sketch of Bitcoin’s History by Hari
A Sketch on ‘Augmented Reality’ by Raja Sekhar

Gramener Covers Yet Another Election Successfully

Gramener has once again demonstrated its #DataJournalism credentials by assisting Republic TV in creating simple and insightful data stories around Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly election results. The whole project from ideation to execution was done in a 3 week period. A 10 member team consisting of designer, developers and testers worked in a agile fashion building visual storyboards, iterating on them based on input and making them ready for primetime. 

We thank Arnab & the Republic team for the opportunity  & making this a successful collaboration.

Team Gramener with Arnab

TV Analysts had this to say about Gramener’s Election visuals;

“Your graphics and election data management were simply super on screen, compliments”

“Your storyboards have taken Visual quality one notch above the rest”

The data stories were narrated using the below 3 Visual Storyboards. Source data was the data published by Election Commission of India.

COMPASS – This storyboard gives a comparison of constituency level result between 2012 and 2017. The visual comparison is also represented over a map of each state using a color code – Orange for BJP, Green for Congress and Yellow for OTHER parties. All assembly constituencies were broken down into BJP Strong, Congress Strong, BJP mild, Congress mild and Swinger. If a party won the last 3 assembly election in a constituency, it was grouped under Strong. If a party won 2 consecutive assembly elections of last 3 assembly elections, the constituency was grouped as Mild. All constituencies that are not Strong or Mild will fall under Swinger.

Live Tracker – This is a real time tracker would plot the performance of the leading candidate in each constituency on a Voter share %(Y axis) vs Lead % (X axis). Each constituency is represented by a bubble and the color of the bubble indicates the party that has the lead. Click on each bubble would show an overlay display the top 3 candidates in the constituency with Name, party they represent and the count of votes they received.

Color Map – This storyboard plots each of the constituencies as a bubble over the map of state. The color of the bubble indicates the party that has the lead. The comparative view of 2012 and 2017 shows the swing of electoral fortunes in each state.

Post analysis of election results point to an interesting fact. None Of The Above (NOTA) option ranked #3 in 115/182 constituencies in Gujarat state. In 30 constituencies the count of NOTA votes exceeded the victory margin of the winner. Interesting enough BJP won 15 of the 30 constituencies with INC winning 13 and Independents winning the remaining 2.

For glimpse of Gramener’s storyboards in action on Republic TV please look at video below. 

A round-up of #Dataviz at Gramener in 2017

We’ve had a lot of fun at Gramener in 2017 creating some exciting dataviz. It is that time of the year to look back with satisfaction and also spark the desire to do even better dataviz in 2018. This post is a round-up of some of our favorite work this year.

Two of our dataviz properties found their way to Andy Kirk’s ‘Best of the Visualization Web’ in 2017. The interactive Elvis Presley Jukebox was a result of one of our experiments in creating data portraits.

Interactive Elvis Presley Jukebox

The exploratory viz on  ‘voting patterns of senators’ was the other to get listed in Andy Kirk’s Best of the Visualization Web in 2017. The visual techniques used in this work in particular inspired the data community to discussing merits and demerits of the representation. Dataviz guru Alberto Cairo described  it as a ‘simple but rich graphic’. Famed Statistician Andrew Gelman wrote a critique of the viz suggesting improvements – Alberto Cairo responded  with a powerful improvisation. Here’s how the original version looks.

Senator Voting Patterns


At Gramener we’ve done a lot of dataviz on Cricket already but we just couldn’t resist the temptation to create another one, this time an interactive infographic – Dhoni’s ODI Sixes

Dhoni’s ODI Sixes

In the guise of analysis we also had a lot of fun listening to Kishore Kumar.

Exploring the works of Kishore Kumar

We did an analysis on the Independence Day speeches of Prime Ministers.


Our folk too were bitten by the GOT bug.

Ned Stark Refuses to Die

We were not to be left behind in the iPhone mania as well.


Sketchnotes make excellent communication narratives. Here’s one of our sketches.


We tried our hands at different narrative techniques to communicate the enormity & context of numbers. Sometimes a simple juxtaposition of images & text helps like in this one.

Our designers had a great time at the design hackathon. Here’s the winning entry;

Winners – Design Hackathon

The runners up came up with some fantastic work as well. You can view them over here and here.

Other interesting reads include our analysis on Silk-Board traffic , the curious nature of names, the power of defaults & the different aspects of Data Science .

Hope you enjoyed our work throughout this year. We hope to bring you more exciting data visualizations, infographics, data stories & sketches in the forthcoming new year. Thanks for reading. Wishing you the very best for 2018.