How did I miss the GrapheR package?
The author, Maxime Hervé, published an article about the package  in the same issue of the R Journal as we did on googleVis. Yet, it took me a package update notification on CRANbeeries to look into GrapheR in more detail - 3 years later! And what a wonderful gem GrapheR is.
The package provides a graphical user interface for creating base charts in R.