The Value of Visual Data

Making it meaningful rather than just pretty



For many years I have been trying to explain the difference between the graphical display of information that quickly gives insight versus the common things that people do.

Today, I saw this image as part of an infographic that I believe was created by Column Five.




It conveys the power of graphics to make things salient in a manner that is more powerful than I’ve seen before but is still simple and elegant.

I just had to share it with you.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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