The war on bad infographics.

April 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Apparently bad presentation skills extend beyond the office. The New York Times’ recent (hilarious) article about a ridiculous infographic depicting American military strategy in Afghanistan is appropriately titled “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint.” Allegedly the infographic prompted General Stanley McChrystal (top commander of American forces in Afghanistan) to respond with “when we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war.”

Looks like they should have taken some more inspiration from Charles Minard.

April 29’s daily design idea is bring an editing eye to your data visualizations. If the PowerPoint slide isn’t simple to understand and lacks visual joy, you probably shouldn’t use it. After all, “Death by PowerPoint” is a serious enough threat to warrant its own Wikipedia page.


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