It's here! Many readers have requested a reference to the Junk Charts Trifecta Checkup. I finally found time to write this up. Here is the introduction:
The Junk Charts Trifecta Checkup is a general framework for data visualization criticism. It captures how I like to organize the thinking behind my critique pieces.
The need for such a framework is clear. Opinion pieces on specific data graphics frequently come across as stream of conscience. Proclaiming a chart "mind-blowing" or "worst of the century" isn't worth much if the author cannot articulate why. The state of dataviz criticism has not progressed further than assembling a set of "rules of thumb".
In putting this framework together, I aimed to make it simple to use and broadly applicable.
The Trifecta Checkup framework allows me to classify all dataviz critiques into eight types. A visualization of the eight types is as follows.
Please click here to read the entire post. Also, link to that permanent page for reference.
As usual, clicking on the "Trifecta Checkup" tag brings up all prior posts that apply the concept.