Six experts identify the graphics that do the best job of telling an important story about coronavirus.
As coronavirus continues its inexorable spread across the United States, data visualization specialists and armchair designers alike are developing graphics to help readers make sense of it all. But not all graphics are created equal, and even the most well-intentioned designs can mislead the public and incite panic. So we asked six experts to identify the graphics that do the best job of telling an important story about coronavirus. Their selections range from variations on the now iconic “flatten the curve” chart to an icon-based series that underscores the people behind the numbers. The through line: When it comes to complex epidemiology, which can vary wildly, depending on geography, a population’s median age, and many other factors, the simpler, the better.