Data Visualisations for Critique


The following are offered for critique – Most from the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award Site but there are a few notable exceptions.

  1. What is Wikipedia All About?
  2. A World of Languages?
  3. The Thor-y of Everything
  4. Arab Spring
  5. Follow the Trump Money
  6. Walking in LA

Questions you might ask:

From John Burns Murdoch:

  1. Is the source named?
  2. If so, do I consider the source sufficiently trustworthy/unbiased to take at face value?
  3. If not, can I get hold of the source data in its original setting, including footnotes/methodology?
  4. Are sample sizes sufficiently large to support the arguments conveyed by the visualisation?
  5. If international comparisons are made, can I be sure that each country collects this data in the same way? (Eurostat notoriously problematic for this)
  6. If multiple sources are used, and direct comparisons are made between data from different sources, is this legitimate?
  7. Has the visualisation been over-designed relative to its message? (infographic-style emphasis on colours and shapes despite small quantity of data)

From Edward Tufte:

  1. Does the visualisation show the Data?
  2. Does it provoke thought about the
 subject at hand?
  3. Is the Data Distorted in any way?
  4. How densely presented in the visualisation?
  5. I there added coherence from the underlying dataset?
  6. Are you engaged and encouraged to compare data?
  7. If it’s interactive does it reveal data at different levels of detail?
  8. Can you determine the purpose of the visualisation?