The Narrative Eros of the Infographic
February 9, 2012 8:10 AM   Subscribe

Sometimes, however, you want to obfuscate issues deliberately in a shittily designed presentation, particularly for people who can't stomach the truth or bad news.
posted by Renoroc at 8:59 AM on February 9, 2012

Visuals are a notoriously slippery medium. Thousands of minute decisions (or non-decisions) go into a graphic’s formulation—everything from color to scale to line thickness to use of symbols. Seemingly simple questions of graphical form can have powerful implications.

A few weekends ago, I was making maps for a presentation that my wife was going to give, and I found that something as simple as using or not using the same color on two different maps did a lot to convey or fail to convey the correlation between two factors.

I could easily see infographic art requiring an ethical code of best practices.

Also, this is a fascinating article. Thanks for posting it.
posted by gauche at 9:16 AM on February 9, 2012

That was a great read! Thanks for posting.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:00 PM on February 9, 2012

'The chart is a lonely hunter' is a pretty damn great title.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:34 PM on February 9, 2012 [3 favorites]

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