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ISOTYPE Book: Mackenzie, The Vital Flame

January 18, 2017
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ISOTYPE Book: Mackenzie, The Vital Flame

The first book in the new series on ISOTYPE books is The Vital Flame by Compton Mackenzie, published by The British Gas Council in 1947. It contains 42 color photographs and five ISOTYPE charts, with a nice variety of different topics and styles. A Bit of Context My copy of the book came with a […]

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New Series: ISOTYPE Books

January 16, 2017
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New Series: ISOTYPE Books

Presenting facts through data is not a recent idea. Otto and Marie Neurath created ISOTYPE in the 1920s and then ran their ISOTYPE Institute for more than two decades. During that time, they created charts for a wide variety of publications. In this series, I will show a number of these charts that I have […]

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Race to the top, Erasmus edition

January 11, 2017
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Race to the top, Erasmus edition

(This is a submission from reader Lawrence Mayes. Thank you Lawrence!) I came across this unusual graphical representation of the destinations of scholarship students: [Kaiser here: The charts are hidden inside an annoying Flash app and it seems that the...

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Posters Program for Tapestry 2017

January 11, 2017
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Posters Program for Tapestry 2017

The Fifth Tapestry conference for storytelling with data is only about six weeks away. To make it easier for academics and students to attend, we are adding a more formal posters program this year. We’re looking for posters about all kinds of topics around storytelling with data: ideas for story structures impact of stories, how […]

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Happy new year (Junk Charts)

January 9, 2017
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Happy new year (Junk Charts)

I am on vacation for another week, and posting will gradually resume. If you discovered the blog last year, I hope you will find much to enjoy in the coming year. If you are a long-time reader, thank you for...

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A Roundup of Year-End News Graphics Roundups

December 30, 2016
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A Roundup of Year-End News Graphics Roundups

The end of the year is always a good time to look back at the great work done in the world of news graphics – and this year in particular, to relive all the heartbreak and disillusionment. Here is a list of year-end news graphics round-ups for your enjoyment and edification. The New York Times, 2016: […]

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Chopped legs, and abridged analyses

December 27, 2016
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Chopped legs, and abridged analyses

Reader Glenn T. was not impressed by the graphical talent on display in the following column chart (and others) in a Monkey Cage post in the Washington Post: Not starting column charts at zero is like having one's legs chopped...

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The Dumbest User Interface of 2016

December 27, 2016
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The Dumbest User Interface of 2016

It is my great honor and pleasure to announce the winner of the Worst User Interface Award 2016: it goes to the new chip-enabled credit card terminals introduced in the U.S. this year. My congratulations, as it is very well deserved. It is not often that a new user interface is so obviously annoying and […]

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Is this chart rotten?

December 19, 2016
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Is this chart rotten?

Some students pointed me to a FiveThirtyEight article about Rotten Tomatoes scores that contain the following chart: (link to original) This is a chart that makes my head spin. Too much is going on, and all the variables in the...

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When Rankings Are Just Data Porn

December 19, 2016
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When Rankings Are Just Data Porn

Rankings are a common way of talking about data: who made the most money, who won the most medals, etc. But they hide issues in the underlying data. Is the difference between first and second meaningful or just noise? Here is a data video that nicely demonstrates the problem. Watch the first few minutes of […]

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