On the qunb, Cyrille Vincey hates infographics and suggests that you should, too. The author notes that infographics are actually pretty pictures made with Photoshop or Illustrator and "not with a data analysis package."
I'm a repented consultant. Long story short, my job was to create and tell data stories for my clients. And the slideware 101 rules to make any story intelligible are the same in any consulting firm: one page, one message. No exception. Can't make it? Means you haven't worked enough. Still can't make it? Die in fire.
"To hell with it", said Mister Infographer, "it's way cooler to put everything on the same page". OK then, that must be true, as it comes from someone wearing thick-rimmed glasses. And here is the result: 90% of the infographics out there are baroque, non-selective compositions of facts.
"To hell with the story arc as well", also barked Mister Infographer, "let the reader decide by himself what he could take away from my undirected one-pager".
The above image is from the article Why We Hate Infographics (And Why You Should) and is captioned as Those 2 guys invented the spreadsheet with Visicalc. I worship them for that.
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