Graphic Envy... A Painful Reminder
Reading the Times
today, I was reminded once again how academics can do a much better job thinking about how data can be represented. How many times have you read an article about education that had one graphic–a set of interlocking rings, or concentric circles with descriptions like: “Classroom,” “School,” “Society”? Compare this
. There is a clear and immediate difference in the meaningfulness of the images. See Steve Duenes useful discussion
of how the Times
creates its graphical representations of data.