Poor Visualization Can Do More Harm Than Good

Poor Visualization Can Do More Harm Than Good

When visualization is done poorly, it often can read as propaganda. There is an important trust relationship between visualizer and viewer, and poorly done visualizations can damage that trust. If you add in obvious financial motivation or conflicts of interest, people lose trust even faster, and the visualizations intended to convey information end up conveying dishonesty and hidden intentions.

One example is the Electric Vehicle page from the General Electric blog. To be fair, this page is getting rather old, as is the data used, and it is possible that someone at GE forgot about it. It is also fair to say that as long as the page is up, GE agrees with the message that it conveys.

First, let’s examine motivation. GE is a huge corporation that does lots of things across many industries. Like all large companies, GE is constantly looking to expand into new areas, and one... keep reading

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