All potatoes are not born equal, says chart
Small data sets present graphing challenges

Another reminder: most pie charts are unreadable

I'm outsourcing today's post to reader Joel D., who describes himself as a geographer, professional researcher and son of a graphics designer. He wrote a wonderful entry about the following pie chart:

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 You know this "big graphic" is in big trouble when the caption tells you only 4 clubs made a profit and yet you'd be hard pressed to locate those 4 clubs from the chart itself!

The other telling sign is using blocks to represent profit/loss. This never works whether the blocks are pie sectors or stacked bars. Line charts are much better.

Joel has much more commentary, and an improved chart here.  Enjoy!

Comments

Richard

I'm with you - I can't make head nor tail of this one! Papers are too keen on the eye candy.

Been lurking for a while - thanks for the great content.

Andy Kriebel

The way Arsenal played this year, just having Song's picture on the article makes it unreadable.

Jersey

This is a brilliant post, im really glad I found it thank you very much.

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