What Does “Visualization Literacy” Mean, Anyway?

Michael Correll
Nov 20, 2018 · 9 min read

tl;dr: We keep using the word “literacy” to guide us in how we design and evaluate visualizations. I don’t think that’s always a helpful word for us, since it carves out our audience into the “literate” and the “illiterate.” I think we need to include more pedagogical elements in our charts, and be mindful of our audiences, rather than assume that there are lots of people who are permanently out of reach.

Literacy as a Measure