I'm on a mission! No, I didn't hear the voice of God, but I have heard the voices of countless people crying out in frustration for the data they desperately need to do their jobs, presented to them clearly, simply, efficiently and meaningfully. The current state of data visualization - the use of graphs to display information for the purposes of sense-making and communication - would be amusing if it weren't so tragic. Most business graphs are poorly designed, many to the point of misinformation.
In the world of business, the damage done by bad graphics has reached epidemic proportions, but so far only a few voices are being raised in warning. Bad graphics act as a virus that stealthily destroys information with little notice. Sadly, most business intelligence (BI) software vendors aren't helping matters. They are busy throwing Botox parties, encouraging the popularity of cosmetic dazzle rather than fitness programs for healthy business communication.
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