Junk artists have no shortage of raw materials; those living in NYC will understand what I mean. So today I saw this graphic in the Economist.
It supports an article that describes the "progress and problems" with WHO's 3x5 campaign to fight AIDS in poorer countries.
In my junkchart version, I have switched the emphasis from the absolute number of people in need to the percentage of those who have (or have not) received ARV therapy.
I dislike the common practice of the cut-off (see the sub-Sahara bar): our brain just isn't capable of extrapolating and understanding how far the bar would have stretched off the page.
The grid-lines are avoided by providing data labels.
As usual, the sub-title gives the main point of the graphic, and anything minor (namely, the date) is put to the periphery.
Reference: "Moving Targets", Economist, June 30 2005