The same issues arise with most charts now. If the Tableau charts take up too much space, and their higher functionality is irrelevant to their message, then what is the point? A reader shouldn’t be expected to have to click on a data visualisation to see it properly, that defeats the purpose, and in our ‘read-fast-move-on’ digital culture, not having the data on instant display is criminal.
So then it appears I have answered my own quandary; visual clarity over aesthetics and techy interactivity every time. It’s a hard-learned lesson for me, the point of data visualisation is exactly as it is named, to visually represent data, if it doesn’t do that effectively then it’s just not doing its job.
This visualisation is clear, obvious, and functional. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. It isn’t interactive, but it really doesn’t need to be.