Data Vis as Guide Dog

Charts and graphs have a job to do: the secret is knowing when they are (and aren’t) on the job

Erica Gunn
Jun 27, 2019 · 6 min read

As a data vis designer living in both the art and data worlds, I sometimes hear that I should “just go wild” or “let my hair down” to produce more exciting, visually engaging graphics that feel more fun. On the other hand, I also hear that data visualization is a serious discipline with a purpose, where clarity and accurate interpretation trump all other concerns.