This belongs to the light entertainment category. My former classmate Alan decided to give me an impossible challenge, how to improve this hopeless chart, from a Chinese publication... a study of the consumption patterns of Chinese born after 1980.
Here it is (with my translation):
In the article, they stated that "Singles born after 1980 have different values from those born before, mainly in three areas: desire of independence, seeking adventure, and valuing friendship". (I guess they decided to call people born before 1980 traditionals.)
Something light to start the week... this infographics poster submitted by Curtis R. has to be seen to be believed. Prepared by the Rate Rush website, it compares Digg and Reddit, two services that rank and track the popularity of web pages. They were in the news a few years back; do people still use Digg or Reddit?
Here is a section of the chart:
Oh, and if you scroll down further, the designers received some appropriate feedback and re-did this chart:
I have to commend them for responding to reader suggestions. This line chart is obviously much better, and we can see that Digg has more front-page stories than Reddit at any time of the day. (Please put the data-series labels next to the lines on the right. And fix the nonsensible decimals on the gridlines.)
The fact that there is a huge gap between Digg and Reddit during the early morning hours could indicate that Reddit users tend to visit the site at work, or it could indicate that Reddit's algorithm realizes that there is no need to update the front page as often when the traffic is slow, or it could be some data processing error. It's something worth investigating.
Here's one more for further amusement:
Curtis reacts to this spiky chart:
2 pie charts, tilted at different angles (making it impossible to
accurately judge the size of each sector), with a color legend that
switched from chart to chart (e.g. imgur is blue in the reddit chart,
gray in the digg chart).
David McCandless apparently made this mess of a chart, and reader Raghu R. was not amused. (Via this link.) I assume David is aiming for artistic value, entertainment. Quiz: what's the rationale for sorting the alphabet markers?