I have a strange facination with beautiful data visualizations. I was always one of those people who was never satisfied with just functionality, I didn't want to use any app that wasn't beautiful or look at any graph that was ugly and obfuscated its readers with too much information. Long before this class I stumbled upon infographic sites like informationisbeautiful.net and visual.ly and was a huge fan of great visualizaitons ever since.
What is so useful about these is that they are functional and make you interested and want to read it. I can much more easily look at two or three nicely done infogrpahics than read even one or two long articles (kind of like the ones we had to read this week!). And this speaks along the same lines as the article. I believe that there is just so much information that we collect now, that is is very important to not only choose carefully what information we want to be presented, but also how we want it to be presented so that it will be easily digested and remembered.
While reading the article, i didn't realize just how many ways there were to categorize and portray information. What I also noticed is how time consuming some of these look to be. I think that the benefits are clear, but the costs are also great. I wonder, maybe some times it's just not worth it because so much effort goes into making a good visualization? This seems like something that you have to be trained in making. I would not know which style to use to represent my data and I would also not really know the best and most efficient way to go about making them.