Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 18:23:19 -0500
Reply-To: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
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From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject: Re: Slightly OT: Graphic of Unemployment in the United States
I was quite willing to leave this with agreeing to disagree, but you can't
"complete disagree" with my statement that I find something confusing.
I don't know if I saw the map in its original colors, I looked at the
version found at: http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2007/12/31/229-vital-
or, in short form: http://xrl.us/bgeyxz
But, even though both Wainer and Tufte had high accolades for that map, I
still have high doubts that the general public would take the time to
understand what it contains. Since my own audience is the general public,
again, I wouldn't use the technique as I find that including too much
information defeats the purpose of conveying or supporting an idea.
On Wed, 2 Dec 2009 14:02:47 -0500, Jonathan Goldberg
>I completely disagree with:
>"What the author identifies as "the best graph ever made" is one that is so
>confusing (to me) that I would never try to replicate the methods used as
>I'm sure it would totally confuse at least some readers."
>It helps to see it in good resolution and color. The graph is indeed
>amazing in packing a lot of information onto one page in clear, easy to
>Like Wainer and Tufte (AKA god) I think that in almost all cases more
>information is better if it can be done clearly.
>As a general rule, concerning graphics, Tufte is right. Think hard before
>disagreeing with him.