There was just a funny post in Gizmodo about infographics and a chart that shows how airlines compete that had me laughing at myself. I love infographics and would rather communicate in sketches and charts than any other form. I enjoy thumbing through Tufte and get a huge kick out of jokes like these romance charts or this view of the internet. I even installed a webcam pointing at my whiteboard in NYC for conversations with product teams in Atlanta. But, the snarky comment from Mark Wilson at Gizmodo gave me pause:
“Personal theory: Man has a natural propensity to question what he reads but believe anything he sees in neat infographic form.”
I know that I can vastly oversimplify things in my quick whiteboard sessions. I also know that I think that once I’ve drawn the picture we should be about 2 weeks from delivering the product. Now I can add “proof by intimidation” to the list of whiteboard and charting ills.