Deconstructing Dataviz

The thumbnail above is a little hard to make out, but the full-size version doesn’t actually provide much more in the way of meaningful information. Stephen Few grapples with a series of General Electric data visualizations to figure what they mean and comes up with”decoration.” It’s the sort of embarrassing pseudoscience rhetoric that large companies use to muddy the waters when any sort of sustainability or environmental concerns are brought up.

(I probably should have titled this “Dataviz WTF?” but my academic nature requires me to mistakenly apply “deconstructing” when I really mean “complicating” or “questioning.”)