To make eye-catchers: ok. To make diagrams from data: always. To make eye-catchers from data: know-how needed. Taste helps. And respect.
The five most frequent causes of death within a year, in countries with lower and higher incomes. Source: Die Zeit, no. 45, 2009-09-29, page 34. Click to enlarge.
The text for the graphic wants us to care about the sick. Also in poor countries. Illness becomes clipart. Ill persons become swollen and shrunken figurines. Red and glittering. Crosses as shadows.