Elijah Meeks proves that 1) it is possible to create well-designed charts with pure R, and 2) shows (via survey) that practitioners largely don’t spend the time required to do this. My favorite bit:
You can learn a new dimensional reduction technique, which has concrete steps and measurable ways that it helps with your practice, or you can read about information design and come away with more questions than answers. It’s hard to evaluate and hard to reward good design in a field that doesn’t value it, and so it’s difficult to ask professionals to invest in it.
I agree that it is an incentives problem. Internal analytics is typically a cost center, which encourages a “get it done” approach, not a design-centric one.