Joe Ganley

I make software and sometimes other things.


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In today's Washington Post was what is perhaps my favorite infographic I've ever seen. It plots, as a timeline, GDP growth, unemployment, and who was president from Hoover forward. There's an enormous amount of information in it, but you can read it like a book; indeed, I spent about an hour today doing so. Unfortunately, WaPo doesn't seem to have posted the graphic online; the only place I could find it requires registration (it looks like they require money, but if you register you can see a few articles for free).

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From The Economist, another interesting infographic ruined by an incredibly distracting background image.

Ow! My brain!
Much better.
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Ironically, the title of the piece is "The Bare Necessities."

Update: Here's another, only worse: This time, the 'background' graphic is covering part of the chart.

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