Two styles of choropleth map

I spotted this map in the Times Higher Education (25 April 2013, p. 11):

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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.

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Ordnance Survey data, Crown copyright, reproduced by Kingston University under the educational purposes license.

As my grandad used to say, the auld way’s the best way. But full marks for trying something new.

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