Atheism on the Rise

In: Culture

7 Oct 2009

Another example of the data being hidden by poor design. Can you read the charts?  Can you even find them? It took me a minute of scrolling around to locate the atheism chart.


3 Responses to Atheism on the Rise



October 7th, 2009 at 14:24

Yeah, I took me awhile to realize there even WERE charts on this image.

You know what would have been cool? If the point of view was facing the people at the bar and they had beer or something that was filled to different levels with labels indicating the significance.



October 8th, 2009 at 05:11

I’m confused as to why “baptist” is a separate category. Which leads me to question not only how informative the “generic” and “mainline” labels are, but how informative the visualization (without all the noise) would be.

It would seem to me that if you were trying to facilitate the generation of wisdom about religious sects, then you would show “Christian” compared to Muslim, None, and Jewish – and then if the Christian graph was significantly larger than the others, you’d break that out in a separate display within which you’d show break down via sect.

Perhaps you’d even take the trouble to break out “None” into Atheist and Agnostic, as well.

Either way, it seems like the information is subservient to the visual “joke” – meant to hopefully offend at least two of the religions represented?


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