Category: Seemingly Unrelated
Because we present data (lots…)
While modern designers keep inventing more and more creative visualizations, the true frontiers this year may be much more modest?—?learning the limitations of graphics, and using perception-informed design and interactive techniques to make the most of the forms that already exist. The pie chart, which has borne the scorn of perceptual psychologists for decades, may fail in some respects, but modern visualization has in many ways failed to learn from its mistakes. Above all, we should remember that throwing data into a chart is not always the route to greater understanding.