June 12, 2012
Making mistakes outside the chart

Part of this blog is intended to show the processes behind our work, including bad ideas. (Especially bad ideas.) But screw-ups don’t happen just in charts. For example, here’s a recent, not-really-verbatim conversation I had with my colleague Graham Roberts as we looked at visualizing swimmers for an upcoming Olympics project:

GR: “We need a decent way to identify these guys.”

KQ: “What if we put a flag on their bathing suits?”

GR: “Like on their Speedos? Wouldn’t that be weird?”

KQ: “Not really.”

GR: “Really?”

KQ: “Let’s just see what it looks like.”

[5 minutes later]

Flag butt

KQ: “So, no flags, huh.”

GR: “Yeah.”

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