Reading #8

Interactivity is dead / long live interactivity

Dueling blog posts from Dominikus Baur & Gregor Aisch

The Death of Interactive Infographics?

If you’re doing interaction well, it can turn your visualization from a well-made newspaper that gives you the bullet points into a conversation almost. As if you were having a tête-à-tête with an expert on the data, patient enough to explain you everything.

That’s the ideal, at least.

Read Dominikus’s post on Medium

In Defense of Interactive Graphics

Knowing that the majority of readers doesn’t click buttons does not mean you shouldn’t use any buttons. Knowing that many many people will ignore your tooltips doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use any tooltips.

All it means is that you should not hide important content behind interactions.

Read Gregor’s rebuttal at