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Jeff

Does switching to a line chart really let you off the hook in this case? A line may well highlight the changing slopes of the year-over-year growth rates, but the intent of the graphic is to call out the overall change in volume in applications. Even the headline in the remake focuses on this. Arguably the line is not an outright "lie" in the way that the columns are, but it seems like a better option would have been simply to fix the axis on the column chart.

Kaiser

Jeff: The "bank to 45 degrees" idea is relevant here. I don't think that is an iron-clad rule but it is an accepted convention. The column chart you like is just the same chart but less than 45 degrees.

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