Data as Architecture - SketchUp Bar Charts
Yet in the time taken to create an Excel chart the same bar chart can be created in SketchUp in the same way as we model buildings (click for a larger version):
Using a combination of 'push and pull' and 3D text it is a quick and easy way to produce charts which can subsequently be rendered for presentation. The chart above details the 'percentage of dependent children living in workless households by ethnic group in Greater London 2001'.
The same is true of geographic data, it is not always required to go through a high end geographic information system to produce city based data visualisation (click for a larger version):
Indeed by using the 'components' feature of SketchUp it is quicker to visualise small data sets direct via 'push and pull' rather then merging tables in a GIS package.