What Makes it Worth While

In: Chartporn Related

1 May 2012

I receive so many emails full of marketing-speak and copies of horrible link-bait infoposters I almost overlooked the below email from a fan:

Dear Dustin

I’m a teacher in Kenya. We struggle to get textbooks and our internet is very slow, but I wanted to thank you for your wonderful site which enables me to share brilliant graphics and thought provoking data with my students. Out here in Sub saharan Africa we sometimes feel a bit peripheral to what is going on in the rest of the world, but your images help our kids to feel in touch (and save busy teachers a lot of time trawling through the net)

Thanks again

<Sigh> It feels so good to know my work here is accomplishing more than providing fodder for snarky graphic designers and bloggers.

6 Responses to What Makes it Worth While



May 1st, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Put a smile on my face. It is amazing what a difference you can make without even knowing it! I love this site too 🙂


Gene Hayward

May 1st, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I am a teacher as well. I use your stuff almost on a daily basis in the classroom. I have to repost it on my own blog because “Chartporn” is blocked by school district servers. 🙂 It has proven very valuable in teaching social studies or just to prompt conversation with students… THANKS!!!



May 1st, 2012 at 3:39 pm

That made me smile. Hopefully you see many more happy emails.



May 3rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

props for being able reach a wide and diverse audience. Gotta love data and elegant visualization bringing people together!


Matt Daniels

May 17th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

SOOOOOO agree!!!! Your stuff is posted all over my classroom as well as on my class facebook page. It’s a joy and a treat to check in on your site and then to see the graphically represented ideas filter into the students discussions. So great! Personally I love the commentary about the graphics themselves, the redisigning Napolean’s march was totally illuminating. Thanks so much.



October 16th, 2012 at 6:40 am

The visuals here are awesome. I am a very visual learner and as a teacher of economics I love to connect visuals to what can be hard to visualize data sets. Thanks very much for this.

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