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Visualisation for dummies

Posted on: February 25, 2020

I went down a rabbit hole recently and chanced upon this visualisation of Singapore’s 2020 budget. Its creator shared how s/he did it in this Reddit thread.

Singapore Government's Projected Revenue and Expenditure 2020 (In Millions of SGD)

The original source of all the numbers is at this government site and the details are in this official PDF.

Singapore Government's Projected Revenue and Expenditure 2020

I reflect on this not from a political or economic point of view. My primary lens is always that of an educator. The details are important, but so is the overall picture. The lists and tables are for details, the perspective is in the image, e.g., how much goes where.

As basic as this might sound, we need to choose the right information, medium, and tool for a purpose. The purpose (or the WHY) comes first; the WHAT and the HOW came after. But all too often people do it the other way around regardless of context. I am guilty of doing that sometimes, so I remind myself to return to first principles.

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