Graphics, Infographics, and Data Visualization: An Economist’s Call for Better Visuals Jonathan A. Schwabish Congressional Budget Office email@example.com @jschwabish October 2012The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and shouldnot be interpreted as those of the Congressional Budget Office.
Graphics produced byeconomists, policy and budgetanalysts, government agencies…can be better
CBO’s Infographic Demographic• Member of Congress Wants to get specific information on a topic, a broad overview, quick facts, or bullet points.• Congressional Staffer Wants to get data quickly. Might be briefing Member on topics outside usual areas of responsibility.
CBO’s Infographics:Bring the most importantinformation to the top
Understanding the Fiscal Cliff 75 pages 10 pages
The purpose of visualizationis insight, not pictures -Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman (1999)