Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good?
It's an issue we grapple with a lot - and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online.
Poor Wordle - it gets the brunt of it. It was designed as an academic exercise that has turned into a common way of showing word frequencies (and yes, we are guilty of using it) - an online sensation. There's nothing like ubiquitousness to turn people against you.
Read more on this bloggers comments on poor data visualizations. Sourced by The Guardian
Alexander 'Sandy' Chiang said:
I have to strongly disagree with the blog poster's comments on his stance. He believes poor infographics are no big deal and that the good ones will shine. Infographics are like news pieces. They tell a story and they either aim to inform or misinform. If people expect reliable news, then they should expect reliable information represented by visualizations.