The influence of the recession on our beloved charts

Jorge Camoes has written a fantastic follow up post called “Sub-Prime Charts: Should Data Visualization Be Boring?” to an article from Paul Krugman for the New York Times. Krugman discusses the influence of fancy financing on business decisions and how those had to change after the great depression. Camoes goes on and translates those ideas to the display of financial data, suggesting to move away from fancy (“professional looking“) charts to clearer and more meaningful visualizations.

My first thought was that the title misses the essence of the discussion but we can feel the wink in the word “boring”. I really enjoyed the article and highly recommend having a look at it.

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