IBM recently published a blog post titled Why Should Engineers and Scientists Be Worried About Color. I think that the entire article eloquently demonstrates the ATOM, the fundamental truth that A Picture is Worth 10,0000 Words.
I believe that it implicitly suggests not just that visual data representation (charts and graphs) are important but that we need to put more intentional, strategic thought into how we visual present data.
Compare the data plots below.
Both plots present the same data. One does so in a far more compelling way. Do you agree?