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What do the varying shades of the stripes signify? I can't quite tell if it's redundant encoding of the rank, or something else.

I like this concept a lot.
With some interactivity and drill down capability, this would be a really effective tool.

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

I have the same question - are color and horizontal position depicting the same thing? If so, you may be able to use color to encode regions and put all on the same line (though may not work if many are overlapping). Nice approach!


The color is a redundant coding of the scale, as you correctly inferred. I am experimenting with redundancy, inspired by something Noah Veltman said when he visited my class. Apparently readers like redundancy. It can be a good way of emphasizing a message and in this case, makes the chart more pleasing compared to a set of black stripes. But of course, it could lead to potential confusion as people might wonder if there is a hidden dimension!

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