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Re: On Infographics and Chartoonery

Just saw Noah's post about infographics where he is writing about "the entire phenomenon of turning a whole bunch of information into a pretty, but mostly incomprehensible, picture and presenting it to the world."

I've done my share of data collection and presentation; some of the stuff is fairly complex with hundreds of data points packed in one image, other stuff is more like this classic parody from Flowing Data. What I have found out is that both forms have their place. The latter, or as Tufte put it, "chartoonery", has been useful when:

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Humans Generated More Data in 2009 than in Previous 5000 Years

This comes an interview with Cisco’s Chief Futurist, Dave Evans, as reported by ReadWriteWeb here:

www.readwriteweb.com/archives/cisco_futurist_predicts_int...

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Objects and Stories

"Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music, and music is THE BEST."

Frank Zappa

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Happiness and a Better Enterprise Software Data Model

by: Sigurd Rinde

Funny thing, seems the human brain uses same tricks as Enterprise Software to save disk space :)

Thanks to Zia I found Daniel Kahneman at Ted's site (go see):

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Brain Image Bias

by: Roger Dooley

The use of brain imaging in evaluating advertising and products is increasing, and one wonders if the judgment of marketing execs could be clouded by the presence of colorful scan images when used to back up humdrum conclusions in the text. The answer is almost certainly, “Yes.”

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