Data Visualizations


Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.

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2 Responses

  1. KatherineMW says:

    Wow, that is some genuinely bad use of visuals on the Census site. They certainly do deserve credit for being the ones who got the data, but they could use some people with better design skills. If they hired a top-tier person for it, though, there’d just be complaints about the government wasting money again.Report

  2. Ryan Noonan says:

    Also, keep in mind the different software budgets and rules. The feds don’t have the ability to allocate lots of funds to purchase shiny new toys, can’t get them all through IT regulations even if they do, and have to fragment budgets across departments, agencies, and bureaus. It’s often not hiring a “guy” that is needed; it’s upgrading from Windows XP and IE7 (or the equivalent).Report