27 January 2013

The Priority of Pragmatics Over Aesthetics

There is a useful piece at The Economist about the issues involved in creating data graphics. I especially like the commenter who suspects that the folks at The Economist run off the rails because they too sharply differentiate design matters from the purpose of the purpose exercise. If we think of data graphics as tools to think with, the first question needs to be what is the substantive problem we are trying to reveal.



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