My interest in charts springs primarily from my disinterest in charts. Reality is so messy. Nothing that passes for a fact ever really is one. When I was a kid, infographics were intoxicating because they promised a world of order, and it’s specifically this promise that has come, over time, to seem like a cruel deception. You’ll never really get an elegant presentation of so-called facts that accurately and meaningfully represents reality.
I kept trying to think of the ultimate non-graph graph. At some level, it’s comedy, but I want it also to be tragedy — a kind of erosion of the core morality of charts.