Michael Hintze

I am a 25 year old UI designer from New York. My focus is product design, interaction design, and front-end development. I have worked as a UX Designer at Nokia and Appllo Group. I recently completed my masters degree at UC Berkeley and I am currently working at Apple as a UX Designer.

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Longest Running TV Series

Find out which TV series has had the longest running on air streak in the world.

For a class project at the UC Berkeley School of Information I created an infographic visualizing the longest running TV series in the world.

The Dataset

I worked with a data set provided by the site Wikipedia. This set covers all of the longest-running television series by country and genre, ordered by number of years the show has been aired.

The data reveals some interesting points. The United States far out paces any other country with their investment in TV series. Soap operas dominated the list with games shows and talk shows a distant second and third. Interestly enough of the top running childrens series, over 50% of them are still running today.

Visualizing the data

I used tableau to generate the initial graphs and then I exported them to vector format and polished it up in Adobe Illustrator. The final visualization is shown below.

Download a copy of the final visualization.

An Additional Project

Entertainment news media have noted a trend in the types of movies Hollywood is currently producing. Even as original films are invariable winning the majority of Academy Awards, anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more sequels are being produced every year with a corresponding increase in resources to match. Open up a current movie listing guide or look at the anticipated line up of summer blockbusters to validate this idea for yourself.

I was interested in exploring several questions related to original movies compared to sequels. Is there a trend in the number of originals and sequels being produced. Do the budgets reflect this relationship? Is either category more profitable? Are audiences rating the two categories any differently over time? Are the critics?

The Dataset

We worked with a data set provided by the site Information is Beautiful. This set covers every major Hollywood film from 2007 to 2011. To address the questions above, we added a “Sequel Status” column to each year that defined each movie as being an original or a sequel. After exploring the data in Tableau we determined that a standard line chart that plotted the binomial variables (original and sequel) across time (years) and allowing users to interact with continuous variables (e.g., budget, profitability) was the optimal approach.

Visualizing the Data

The data reveals some interesting points. Investment in sequels has been steadily increasing. Revenue has followed a similar trend, but profitability hasn't (note: an outlier in the data set makes this difficult to see).

Surprisingly, although originals seem to be a better overall investment per dollar spent the audience unanimously prefers sequels. Critics also appear to rate sequels approximately on par with originals. It’s possible that audiences have been pushing studios through both reviews and the box office to invest in more sequels.

I am working on securing additional data and then I plan to experiment with creating an interactive visualization tool using d3.

Role In Project
Project Included
Data Visualization, Illustration, Print
February 2012