I spotted this map in the Times Higher Education (25 April 2013, p. 11):
Mmm, Britain in Opal Fruits (Starburst to the young among you). It certainly caught my eye. There is something to be said for posing a visual puzzle, and also something to be said for novelty in visualization. But then I went and looked at the original in the Report on Oxbridge Access and Wales by member of parliament Paul Murphy, and that was so much better: informative, clear, detailed. Old-fashioned, sure, but the patterns came through.
As my grandad used to say, the auld way’s the best way. But full marks for trying something new.