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Jordan G

Thank you for posting this! One of the other problems I had with this visualization is that the shape chosen to represent mountains gives the impression that what's being presented is a histogram of data with central tendencies. In this design, cleverness was given a greater priority than communication.

And I think the designer should get some acknowledgement for his cleverness - but overall, Visualizing, and the other several websites that gave praise to this work, performed a disservice to the field of visualization by awarding top honors to it. In my opinion, there is a fundamental disconnect between what is considered a good visualization by the public and what research tells us a good visualization should look like. The institutions who purport to analyze and distribute quality visualizations should be held responsible when they proffer works that deliver flash and cleverness but inhibit visual insight. In a recent correspondence I had with Stephen Few he wrote "the battle for the minds and hearts of data consumers rages on." When I see awards given to work like this, I can't help but feel we're losing the battle.

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