I was reading a Washington Post article about the crazy number of police shootings in the US so far this year. It’s a good article, but I kept getting distracted by the groovy high tech graphics that Washington Post is using nowadays. Check this one out:
Anyone else have flashbacks to the 1980’s on seeing this dazzling graphic? Here is a screen grab from the Raiders of the Lost Ark game for the Atari 2600:
Used appropriately, graphics can greatly improve an audience’s comprehension of raw data. A picture is more likely to be understood and remembered than a number in a table of numbers. Used inappropriately, graphics only serve to confuse, as it the case here in my opinion.