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a collection of selected Powerpoint slides with detailed information graphics as presented by General David Petraeus during his September 10 testimony before 2 House committees.

any suggestions of improvement (in the context of information presentation)?

[links: worldpoliticsreview.com & townhall.com & washingtonmonthly.com]

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It seems like they are trying to tell something with black arrows in Violence Trend charts. Only, two out of four seem to be pushed a bit to the limits, and do not portray reality. Force reduction chart - I am speechless, with all that money spent on Iraq war, they cannot find someone who can do it better?

Wed 26 Sep 2007 at 5:04 AM
Vladimer S

I would rather say it seems like they consciously chose these designs in order to confuse the reader by hiding the information into un-understandable graphs and visual display. These are smart people, it wouldn't be the first time they did this.

Sat 06 Oct 2007 at 8:41 PM

The officers selected for powerpoint charting are not, by trade or education, experts in the visual arts or design. The vast majority of all Army powerpoint presentations are accomplished through OJT as a second prority to other tasks, using standardized MS Office products. Quite often, the standard for these presentations is a MS Excel chart imported to MS PPT. The Generals' staff officers have many other duties to attend to, not the least of which is all the research to generate the information presented. Occasionally, they get shot at and mortared, too. I don't say this as an excuse for incoherent information presentation, but just provide some context on why these products are so easy to critique. The likelihood of incoherent design being deliberate is slim to none; assuming so gives these guys less trust than they deserve.

Mon 19 Nov 2007 at 9:41 PM
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