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MY ANALYSIS

BREHMER USES A VARIETY OF STYLES TO PRESENT DATA; ALTHOUGH THE DATA CONCERNS SERIOUS ISSUES, SUCH AS CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM, THE AESTHETICS ARE ALMOST PLAYFUL THROUGH THE USE OF BRIGHT COLOURS AND BOLD LINES. 

THE GRAPH -LIKE FORMAT USED BY BREHMER IS AN INTERESTING METHOD OF PRESENTING THE INFORMATION BECAUSE GRAPHS ARE FORMAL MEANS OF PRESENTATION, THEREFORE CREATING A RECOGNISABLE AESTHETIC WITH THE AUDIENCE THAT IS SOMEHOW TRANSFORMED THROUGH THE MANIPULATION OF COLOUR, SCALE AND SHAPE. 

THE USE OF CASUAL MATERIALS, SUCH AS GRAPH PAPER AND PENCILS FURTHER IMPLIES A TRADITIONAL REPRESENTATION OF DATA, ALMOST CARELESS AS THE HALF-RUBBED-OUT PENCIL LINES SHOW IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE PAGE. HOWEVER, THIS CONTRASTS WITH THE PURPOSEFUL USE OF TEXT AND OFTEN NEATLY FRAMED FINISHING. 

BREHMER IS ABLE TO CREATE STRAIGHT FORWARD DATA IN A SIMPLE WAY, ALMOST MAKING THE DATA INTO A ART FORM IN ITS OWN RIGHT. DOES THIS MEET BREHMERS INTENTION? DOES THE BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION DISTRACT FROM THE INFORMATION IT'S MADE FROM - IS THIS INTENTIONAL? 

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