“Infographic” (by Phil Gyford, via buzz)

Wonderful. Now, regarding this morning’s much-linked iPad-unboxing “infographic”, please look closely at one of its pretty-but-useless charts.

I’m not a dataviz expert; all I’ve done is read two of Edward Tufte’s marvelous books. This was enough to make me appreciate the art and science that goes into creating a good infographic. It’s a craft with its own language, a real field of expertise; not just some veneer of aesthetic sensibility.

Source: Flickr / philgyford

Friday, April 9 2010

“Infographic” (by Phil Gyford, via buzz)
Wonderful. Now, regarding this morning’s much-linked iPad-unboxing “infographic”, please look closely at one of its pretty-but-useless charts.
I’m not a dataviz expert; all I’ve done is read two of Edward Tufte’s marvelous books. This was enough to make me appreciate the art and science that goes into creating a good infographic. It’s a craft with its own language, a real field of expertise; not just some veneer of aesthetic sensibility.