The following are offered for critique – Most from the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award Site but there are a few notable exceptions.
- What is Wikipedia All About?
- A World of Languages?
- The Thor-y of Everything
- Arab Spring
- Follow the Trump Money
- Walking in LA
Questions you might ask:
From John Burns Murdoch:
- Is the source named?
- If so, do I consider the source sufficiently trustworthy/unbiased to take at face value?
- If not, can I get hold of the source data in its original setting, including footnotes/methodology?
- Are sample sizes 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, is this legitimate?
- 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:
- Does the visualisation show the Data?
- Does it provoke thought about the subject at hand?
- Is the Data Distorted in any way?
- How densely presented in the visualisation?
- I there added coherence from the underlying dataset?
- 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?