The following data visualisations are proffered for critique. They come from a variety of sources and change occassionally, but most are from the Information is Beautiful Award Site.
When exploring these, here are some questions you might ask*:
- Do you like this visualisation?
- How can it be improved?
- Is the source of the data named?
- If so, do you consider the source trustworthy or unbiased?
- Can you access the source data in its original setting, including footnotes/methodology?
- Can you tell if the sample sizes are sufficiently large to support the arguments conveyed by the visualisation?
- If international comparisons are made, can I be sure that each country collects this data in the same way? (Eurostat notoriously problematic for this)
- If multiple sources are used, and direct comparisons are made between data from different sources, are these legitimate?
- Has the visualisation been over-designed relative to its message? (infographic-style emphasis on colours and shapes despite small quantity of data)
- Does the visualisation show the Data?
- Does the visualisation provoke thought about the subject at hand?
- Is the data distorted in any way?
- How densely presented in data in the visualisation?
- Are you engaged and encouraged to compare data?
- If it’s interactive does it reveal data at different levels of detail?
- Can you determine the purpose of the visualisation?
- A World of Languages?
- Nobels, No Degrees
- The Thor-y of Everything
- Anatomy of the Lismore Disaster
- Sony Records – Reimagining the Gold/Platinum Record
- Why Resign from the Bundestag?
- Where Can You Afford a House?
- Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration 1790-2016
*Questions 3-9 from John Burns Murdoch, questions 10-16 from Edward Tufte.