Oct 24, 2007
Christopher P submitted this chart, which is great for our light entertainment series.
Apparently it came from the Netherlands and showed how privileged their citizens are compared to the rest of the world. It would appear that they need to reverse the color scheme (and font size?) to highlight the privileged. Comments welcome.
I'd say you're correct in saying that it shows how privileged the citizens (in the western (and in some other places) world) are, by highlighting (in red: draws attention; danger; and big numbers) the low coverage of doctos (especially) in Africa.
I like it very much. Great idea!
Posted by: Stef | Oct 24, 2007 at 01:16 AM
The tiny country labels (unreadable on screen) imply they're using a very high resolution medium for this display, but they're completely wasting it with the giant numbers crudely fashioned into country shapes. A simple choropleth map would have been much more information-dense, and more readable too.
Posted by: derek | Oct 24, 2007 at 03:47 AM
A choropleth map would certainly be more information-dense, but I don't think it would have the impact of the raw numbers. And the big numbers, which have the most impact, are readable fine. So for its purposes (it looks like a poster, presumably for advocacy/advertising, rather than a purely informative chart) I think it's fine.
Posted by: Tom | Oct 27, 2007 at 05:25 PM
very interesting thanks
Posted by: the constant skeptic | Oct 28, 2007 at 02:57 PM
I think Christopher P and the editor didn't read the caption before complaining. It says "Not everybody in this world can see a doctor when in need" and describes how they intend to correct that. Their emphasis is on the places that need help, which is exactly as they intended.
Posted by: Scott Lamb | Dec 30, 2007 at 12:58 AM