Tongue-in-cheek title notwithstanding, the circle is an underrated member of our community. How many times have you drawn one in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Visio, and given absolutely no thought its significance? Yet from 3D maniacs to chart junkies, it remains an invaluable tool in our arsenal.
Take these twin masterpieces of Information Design, for example. Circles abound. But they work. Technically speaking, they are a logical choice for buckets containing the critical information. Metaphorically speaking, their representation of the growth, wealth, relative obesity, and power of the subjects at hand are also invoked.