In Paper-Based Pie Chart Graphs, the information aesthetics blog shows a pie chart that isn’t printed on paper, but is actually fabricated out of paper. It came from Paper Graphs, on Nicholas O’Leary‘s knolleary blog. This seems to be more a work of art than a chart, so maybe it’s okay.
But I get the idea that information aesthetics is taking this rather seriously as a useful way to display data. A 2D chart is ineffective enough for conveying informtion, and a pseudo 3D chart on a flat display (or a printed page) exaggerates the ineffectiveness. This sculpture can only be worse.
So information aesthetics is hosting a contest to find the best information display based on, but not printed on, paper. They chose this picture the headline the post announcing the contest.
My thoughts exactly. Or maybe…