Figures, at their best, are data-driven stories. Stories are not static: they ebb and flow with the plot. This fluidity is part of why I enjoy exploring interactive data-sharing applications moreso than static figures and tables. The interaction engages the reader and can help them to understand.
Harvard and MIT just released one of these applications, or apps, named the “Atlas of Economic Complexity,” which examines global trade from a mixed country-product-percentage perspective. The apps visualize the data in several different formats, such as tree map, stacked graph, and product space. Here’s one to get you started. Have fun learning about global trade!