Imagine A Pie Chart Stomping On An Infographic Forever, or, How Info Graphics are Making Designers into Liars (via Smashing Magazine)
This graph circulated fairly widely for a while. The design of the food pyramid changed recently, in part because the visual characteristics of the old pyramid did not correspond well to the numerical recommendations. The new designer makes the same mistake but disdains “misleading” in favor of “mind-bogglingly dishonest.” The bottom tier of the left-hand pyramid takes up far more than 73.80% of the pyramid’s area, and the 3-D diagram enhances that distortion even further. Want a fun party game? Hide the numbers and ask your friends to guess what they are!
But infographic! Bibliographies can’t be made sexy with type and graphics! (sarcasm)
When I first saw this chart, I thought, what an awkward design. What’s that giant orange line going all the way up there…
Cost of Health Care per person on the left, life expectancy on the right. Fatness of the line indicates amt of doctor visits.
Then I became sad. Try to tell me something isn’t wrong and that we need an enormous amount of change. Whether it’s in provider (gov’t) or regulation providing different incentives for insurance companies.
I wonder how much of this money could be saved if we didn’t allow prescription drugs to advertise to consumers and we cut out lobbyists… Also those $800 rolls of toilet paper.