Leading data graphics

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

For the time being, the best data graphics come from the American elite papers. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post provide clean graphs, free of chart junk and information dense.

The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal

Welt am Sonntag is close. Only the alternating background colors are nonsense. They change contrast and message. What is the message? Is it nicer in the light areas? What do I do wrong when I enter the dark areas?

Welt am Sonntag

Nonetheless: Thank you WAMS! The others make me cry anyway.

Vivi is lost

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

My friend Vivi has disappeared. The New York Times helps to find her. They packed everything they know about Vivi into a single graphic, adhering to my reporting standards. Photo, text, data, graphics – everything is integrated, in order to provide information about places, time, frequency and circumstances. ET would say: Beautiful Evidence!


New York Times, Saturday, Nov 18th, 2006, page B2.