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, after two decades in journalism doing infographics, animations, and data visualizations. Alberto is the author of the books "The Functional Art" and "The Truthful Art", both about infographics and data visualization. He also is an independent consultant with technology companies.
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