All charts lie. Some lie more than others
Most journalists and the public believe that charts, graphs, maps and infographics are “intuitive,” “easy to understand” and perfect for a time when “nobody reads anymore.” They also buy into clichés such as “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This talk will dispel all these myths and, in the process, provide some guidance on how to design better visualizations that tell a more accurate story.
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami and the director of the Visualization Program at UM's Center for Computational Science. He's been a graphics director a media publications in Spain and Brazil, and he's currently a consultant for companies like Google. He's also the author of several books about visualization, such as 'How Charts Lie' (2019) and 'The Truthful Art' (2016). @albertocairo
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