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Shocker: ease of use requires expanding, not restricting, choices

May 24, 2017
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Shocker: ease of use requires expanding, not restricting, choices

Recently, I noted how we have to learn to hate defaults in data visualization software. I was reminded again of this point when reviewing this submission from long-time reader & contributor Chris P. The chart is included in this Medium...

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Canadian winters in cold gray

May 16, 2017
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Canadian winters in cold gray

I was looking at some Canadian data graphics while planning my talk in Vancouver this Thursday (you can register for the free talk here). I love the concept behind the following chart: Based on the forecasted temperature for 2015 (specifically...

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A pretty good chart ruined by some naive analysis

May 10, 2017
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A pretty good chart ruined by some naive analysis

The following chart showing wage gaps by gender among U.S. physicians was sent to me via Twitter: The original chart was published by the Stat News website (link). I am most curious about the source of the data. It apparently...

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It’s your fault when you use defaults

May 8, 2017
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It’s your fault when you use defaults

The following chart showed up on my Twitter feed last week. It's a cautionary tale for using software defaults. At first glance, the stacking of years in a bar chart makes little sense. This is particularly so when there appears...

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Pints, water, fishes, pond

May 2, 2017
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Pints, water, fishes, pond

@apollo_0 on twitter asks me to comment on this, by Scientific Britain: Here's my comment:

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Reorientation in the French election

April 25, 2017
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Reorientation in the French election

Financial Times has this chart up about the voters for the National Front, which is Marie Le Pen's party. I find the chart very hard to decipher, even though I usually like the dot plot format. The first thing to...

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Sorting out what’s meaningful and what’s not

April 24, 2017
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Sorting out what’s meaningful and what’s not

A few weeks ago, the New York Times Upshot team published a set of charts exploring the relationship between school quality, home prices and commute times in different regions of the country. The following is the chart for the New...

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Context, color and animation: a nice effort

April 18, 2017
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Context, color and animation: a nice effort

What made this infographic from South Carolina Ports is the choice of contextual comparisons. The simple animation also helps. (Original here if the animated gif isn't working.) The random colors mean nothing but they did make me look at the...

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Light entertainment: is it safe for our eyes?

April 14, 2017
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Light entertainment: is it safe for our eyes?

There is a brewing controversy over ads shown on video websites. Because of the automation, and generally opacity of the online advertising market, advertisers sometimes find their ads next to undesirable content, such as extremist videos. This chart analyzes the...

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Confuse, confuses, confused, confusing

April 13, 2017
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Confuse, confuses, confused, confusing

Via Twitter, @Stoltzmaniac sent me this chart, from the Economist (link to article): There is simply too much going on on the right side of the chart. The designer seems not to be able to decide which metric is more...

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