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JMM 622: The Functional Art (Ch. 3 & 4)

In Chapter 3 of Alberto Cairo’s The Functional Art (The Beauty Paradox: Art and Communication), I was pleased to read about Professor Cairo’s experience working for Época, the Brazilian magazine.

It is not always simple to tell the difference between what a good illustration and what a [not so good] illustration is.

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JMM 622: The Functional Art (Ch. 1 & 2)

Chapter 1 of The Functional Art by Alberto Cairo (Why Visualize: From Information to Wisdom) is a reminder that simple visualizations are useful, but they are not great when they are insufficient.

In the following graph created by Matt Ridley, we can see the insufficient graph which shows that there is a decline in world population (1950’s to 2005), but it really does not show much else.

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A Venezuelan Foodie’s Gem in Brickell

Budare Bistro is any Venezuelan foodie’s gem just outside of the Brickell area in Miami, FL. If you’re not from Venezuela and you’re curious to try this South American country’s food, Budare is the right place to pop that cherry. And by the way: take this as your cheat meal. Because it most definitely will not be the carb-free type of meal.

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 11 & 12)

Uncertainty and Significance (Chapter 11 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo) talks about the margin of errors. According to Cairo, the margin of error is very important to the final result and could greatly affect the information presented and its accuracy.

In the example seen below, Cairo shows the difference in percentages between the people who do not want Catalonia to become an independent state, and the people who do. It also shows the margin of error (depicted on the right), which is more or less 3 percent.

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 9 & 10)

In Seeing Relationships (Chapter 9 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo), I learned about how relationships about certain information data can be presented. I enjoyed and found interesting how two completely abstract pieces of data (from one another) are able to somewhat correlate on a visualization, no matter how laughable and dumb (to say the least) these comparisons and relationships may be.

For example, the following figure shows the relationship between how the older Miss America gets, the more people are murdered with steam, hot vapors, or hot objects is shown.

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 7 & 8)

In Visualizing Distributions (Chapter 7 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo), Cairo presented his audience with two distinct ways of portraying Spain voters for each party. One visualization was presented according to voters’ ideology, and another one according to their ideological affiliation.

The following visualization compares people’s ideologies who intend on voting for each of the available and presented parties, with Spain’s overall population.

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 5 & 6)

While reading the beginning of Chapter 5 and seeing Richard H. Thaler’s experiment with his students at the University of Chicago, it was so interesting I had to show my boyfriend who was sitting next to me. It’s crazy to think that someone could be honest with you, tell you exactly what they are going to do with the numbers, and still it can play tricks with your mind.

Scoring a 72 out of 100 is 2% less than scoring a 96 out of 137. But still, for some reason, the mind of college students is still tricked into believing that they are doing better when the grading bar is raised higher.

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Ch. 3 & 4)

Chapters 3 and 4 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo were interesting and appealing to me in the sense that they identify a lot with the title of the book itself.

“The more adequately a model fits whatever it stands for without being needlessly complex, and the easier it is for its intended audience to interpret it correctly, the better it will be.”

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JMM 622: The Truthful Art (Intro, Ch. 1, Ch. 2)

A few topics and concepts stuck with me after reading the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 of The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo. The concept of the island of knowledge and how the more we understand, the more intrigued and interested we are to knowing and learning new things is something that I definitely agree with. The island of knowledge and shoreline of wonder visualization specifically gave me the sort of “knowledge-building insight” that was later mentioned.

Another topic that stuck (which I thought was obvious but not so obvious at the same time), was that the most important thing there is to take into consideration when creating and designing a visualization is the quality of the data. It is always imperative that the information displayed is truthful, clear, and of course: functional.

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