Flow of food 08:13 on Tuesday

Visualizations have been on my mind lately because of work we’re doing. What I find interesting is how few data visualizations actually serve the purpose of visualization: to make something complex into something simple. To make something with lots of data points or networks of relationships — be it between people, causes and effects, etc — easy to grasp. Most so called visualizations are plain eye candy, nothing more.

So, finding an example of a good one is always a joy. Here’s a diagram of the flow of foods in the US [via]. Notice how elegantly the diagram visualizes volume and different stages of the flow from source to consumption.

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