In my own data company pursuits I've been continually frustrated by what seem like two different camps - the data visualizers and the infographic designers. I consider them the data design Crips and Bloods (I'm from Los Angeles). What I'd like to see is a compromise - a peace that produces actual answers to problems that everyone can understand. The space needs an info visualizer or a graphic data-izer. Someone who understands that while cool charts are well...cool, the end goal is to educate and illuminate not obfuscate.
I found at least a similarly frustrated comrade in Bret Victor (full disclosure: I do not know him - just stumbled upon the blog). You have to scroll down a bit to get to the good stuff, but worth a look.