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Desecration of valuable real estate

- February 14, 2011

Malecki asks:

Is this the worst infographic ever to appear in NYT? USA Today is not something to aspire to.

To connect to some of our recent themes, I agree this is a pretty horrible data display. But it’s not bad as a series of images. Considering the competition to be a cartoon or series of photos, these images aren’t so bad.

One issue, I think, is that designers get credit for creativity and originality (unusual color combinations! Histogram bars shaped like mosques!) , which is often the opposite of what we want in a clear graph. It’s Martin Amis vs. George Orwell all over again.

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