Competent with media

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

It’s the school’s fault. They say so. But not here: most information designers create junk charts when using areas. In 7th grade kids learn how it is right and wrong. It makes them competent with media.

Fl├Ąchengrafiken in der 7. Klasse
Lambacher Schweizer: Mathematik für Gymnasien 7, p. 122. (click for translation)

Teachers have their book with solutions. On page 81 it says:

left: essentially a column chart – one car symbol represents 10,000 cars; reasonable
right: length and height increase by 66 %; perception is distorted, because the area is doubled

Now, I wish more competent media to all kids competent with media.