Tonight David McCandless gave a lecture at London College of Communication. He is an engaging speaker, whose background in journalism informs his approach to data visualisation.
I was, and remain, skeptical surrounding the functionality of this type of visual communication. Often words are efficient in their ability to communicate numerical concepts, however, McCandless did provide some examples that provoked gasps from the audience, simply because of information design’s ability to demonstrate extremes of scale, this is where the medium comes into its own.
McCandless has carved out a niche and has amassed some esteemed clients. Students enjoyed the talk, but I was left wondering how useful are these scalable shapes, motifs, silhouettes and geometric stimulants, when words perform more economically.