Bad visualizations

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This data visualization is very aesthetically pleasing but unfortunately, that is the only positive attribute about it. Many questions arise as one attempts to demystify its message. What is it seeking to get across to its audience? Why aren’t all the individuals blue in the Facebook region if it is associated with the figure 100%? What is the difference between the blue and red colored individuals? What percentage is each of the eight individuals per line worth?

 

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Before even delving into the visualization’s meaning, is very difficult to look at. One of the strongest traits of visualizations, in my opinion, is the ability to relay information in a clear, organized manner that allows the viewer to derive quick conclusions. However, this visualization embodies the exact opposite of that purpose. Though it is helpful for one to visualize how topics and subtopics connect, there is an overflow of information presented. The abundance of arrows and connections turns the viewer off instead of presenting a clearer form of the interconnectedness of information.

It’s Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

 

Two unfortunate, misrepresentative, tea-themed visualizations:

 

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The “Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea” is subjective to begin with, but the visualization above adds to the confusion – dividing the cup of tea into three sections: “20% sweet,” “60 degrees Celsius hot,” and “100% organic.”  The numerical labels initially imply a pie chart, but none of the values are represented with an accurately sized ‘slice’ of the tea, and “60 degrees” is not a percentage value.

 

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In the visualization above, the arguments for “Why Should You Drink Green Tea?” are represented as labeled puzzle pieces forming a cup of tea.  Not all of the puzzle pieces are labeled, making the visualization appear sloppy and unfinished, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason why a particular argument for drinking green tea corresponds to a particular puzzle piece.  The numbers and colors seem to be randomly assigned as well.  The information is more difficult to digest in this visualization than a simple list of reasons for why you should drink green tea.

Two Bad Visualizations

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This bar chart looks really confusing to readers since its proportion between the height and the numbers. 2.49 billion looks similar to 16 billion and 1.05 billion is on the same height as 10 billion. More than the proportion misunderstanding, this chart should have put different years and countries under comparison. But the author chose to made a round background and  put all the statistics separately, which makes it even more confusing.

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This one is even a more stupid viz. At first I was wondering why a statistic in the middle range would become highlighted, later I realized that 77.1% is the highest number among all of them. The least one Nadal seems to be the highest one, almost reaches to 100%. The numbers and their shaded areas are so out of connection.