Today in unused icons
Network Diagrams. They’re fun as hell to look at but because (or in spite of?) making so many of these kinds of charts I feel pretty conflicted about the usefulness of them.
Network diagrams usually fall into one of two categories:
"X is soooo crazy and complicated let’s chart it out!"
Too often a misguided reason to make one. By their very nature, network diagrams require a lot of effort to read and in return, is the information worth it? But … hey, makes a neat poster.
or "X is so complicated, let’s make it seem less complicated!"
Aspirationally informative but still requires a lot of reading investment so it better be good.
At the very least network diagrams can be a good exercise in graphic design.
With that…. a new chart for Sunday Business with David Barboza about how investing in Alibaba also means investing in Jack Ma’s buddies.
We’re all gonna die from our own insular naval gazing