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It is easy to criticise

…actually it’s INCREDIBLY easy to criticise.  Something that has probably not escaped Good and Greg Hubacek this week.  Together they released an infographic joining together High School completion rates, College Degree completion rates, and median income levels across county’s across the US.  I have included a small picture of it here.  According to most commenter’s, making the picture bigger probably won’t help it be more meaningful or easier to understand.

Building tools that try to simply communicate elements (which is essentially what I and many others do), isn’t easy.  Having a bunch of people essentially providing fairly negative commentary on your work publicly would not be nice either.  For all any of us know, there may have been limits imposed on the team that gave them fewer options (I know what that is like), there may have been ideas they were stuck with using (one of their responses to comments mentions how they didn’t include interactivity).  In any case, being a little colour blind, I’m not really able to know how difficult this is to pick this up.  Certainly I struggled, but that does happen to me (eg. sometimes when I’m shopping and get asked for the purple shirt – “no, not the blue one”).

Rather than just add to the comments about this one. I decided I would try and do something with it.  Nothing may come of it.  It might be that it just sits there as a monument to a few wasted hours I won’t get back.
– But at least I will have done something and not just been part of the noise.

Keith

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little” – Edmund Burke

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  1. 19 January, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Flowing Data have a post about this infographic as well.
    http://flowingdata.com/2011/01/18/open-thread-is-this-map-too-confusing/

  1. 19 January, 2011 at 2:19 am

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