As the What Works Cities program, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, celebrates its first year, municipal leaders and experts are looking at ways to make the results of their data efforts “so essential that nobody can take it away.”
Over at out sister site, The Atlantic, AlexisMadrigal is running a contest aimed at finding the "best (i.e., worst) government report cover." The idea is to identify "awesomely bad" designs for official government studies and documents.
He provides one example from the Defense Department that is, shall we say, a little less than visually compelling. (A portion of it is featured above.)
Inspired by the contest, I've spent more time than I should have this afternoon Googling images of government reports. Most are actually pretty nice, truth be told. But there are some that leave a bit to be desired, such as this 2010 example from Sandia National Laboratory.
Still, I'm guessing the folks in the GovExec audience can come up with much worse examples. So have at it!
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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