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Gary

The racetrack chart needs a crossover, like in speed skating.

PhilipShade

While I agree with you about the last chart, I disagree with you, from a design standpoint about the other two.

If you redefine the "race track" chart as a "clock/dial chart" then your misgivings are taken care of. Think of the circular loading counters on Flash pages.

And yes thinner bars are more easy to read, as a stand alone. But as a standalone they are also less attractive to readers. In this case I think its a, intriguing and subtle use that compliments the text data. Though I agree flipping the colors would have been a better idea.

Kaiser

Philip: thanks for the comments. Concerning the race track chart, I find it useful to do this experiment: imagine the data is not on the page; imagine all you have are the yellow, pink and blue arcs; now ask yourself what are the relative proportions of respondents that say one thing vs. the other thing. I think you'll get my point that this chart is entirely reliant on having the data printed beside it -- which is to say it fails my self-sufficiency test: you don't need any of the graphical/artistic stuff when they do nothing to help us understand the data.

Regarding the "technology fears" chart, I don't see how printing large-font numbers can ever be "attractive" to readers so we have a difference in taste.

PhilipShade

I still disagree with you about the racetrack chart.

AS for Tech Fears I think it's attractive because it's an info graphic. It's an entry point into the story for people skimming articles. A simple bar chart might be more technically informative but it's also dull as dirt.

Also, I'd move the dotted line from above the permalink/comments line to below it. Having it above makes it appear as if it belongs to the next article.

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