With the rise of creative data visualization, I’ve heard some commentary lately regarding the tendency of some of these creations to be high on the visuals but low on the data. While intense data visuals may look amazing, they can give the impression that complex charts are the only effective ones.
While watching a TED talk this morning, I saw a chart that reminded me this is not so. It was a talk by an ICU doctor, Peter Saul, and the charts showed the four ways people die. Excuse the poor resolution, it’s a screenshot of the video:
- Sudden Death
- Terminal Illness
- Organ Failure