There is a backlash gathering steam against web data visualizations. But is it deserved?

This article titled “Data visualisation: in defence of bad graphics” was written by Simon Rogers, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 17th October 2011 12.35 UTC

Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good?

It’s an issue we grapple with a lot – and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online.

Poor Wordle – it gets the brunt of it. It was designed as an academic exercise that has turned into a common way of showing word frequencies (and yes, we are guilty of using it) – an online sensation. There’s nothing like ubiquitousness to turn people against you.

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