August 26th, 2010 by Tim Greenhalgh
Here’s a treat – David McCandless explaining the power of visual information design/infographics at the recent TED Global conference in Oxford. There’s plenty of good for thought in his lively talk and he shows some wonderful examples of how complex data from different sources can be presented in a way that makes it more graspable. He also shows how new understanding can come from the process – and so change the ways we think.
My only concern is that the adage “garbage in, garbage out” applies even more to the production of infographics. There has to be a way of assessing the quality of the research data – and as Ben Goldacre proves every week in his Bad Science Guardian column, there is no shortage of questionable data online.