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Ugly Charts

Weird stacked area map thing

This chart-map-looking thing from Nightly News is making the rounds, and it's not good. I'm opening the comments below for critique so that you can release your angst. Signed copy…

WTF visualizations

There are a lot of poorly conceived graphics that make little sense or do the opposite of what they're supposed to do. You know what I'm talking about. We see…

Piemaster

I'm not entirely sure where this came from, but it's from someone who describes himself as "an innovation leader in delivering analytics." Yep. The 3-D. The layering. The piemaster. [via]…

Useless infographics

The Guardian posted a small collection of useless infographics. It kind of looks like my suggestion inbox.…

What is wrong with these charts?

Whoa. There are a lot of things wrong with this chart. Gold star for every mistake that you find. And there are many stars to hand out.…

Ridiculous but real charts from the U.S. Congress floor

The Floor Charts tumblr shows actual charts used on the United States Congress floor. Some of the paper signs aren't so flashy, but then there are ones like the Republican…

Not enough donut

From the October 10 Boston Metro. Oops. [via]…

World Happiness Report makes statisticians unhappy

It feels oh so wrong posting about bad charts in a report about happiness around the world, but here you go. I do it for you. The first World Happiness…

Pie step comment bubble 3D thing

This graphic by commenting platform DISQUS, arguing that higher quality online discussions come from those using pseudonyms, splits the percentage of comments by identity into pseudonyms, anonymous, and real names.…

Ugly chart used to confuse readers

Charles Blow on this unnecessarily complex chart used to show the network of Obamacare: Maybe it's the former graphics/art director in me, but I get really offended when people use…

Challenge: Let’s do something with these 3-D pyramids

The government recommends a diet for healthy living, but there are billions of dollars of lopsided subsidies. Interesting point. Funky presentation.

Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.

What? I don't see anything wrong with it.…

Look at My Neato Lollipop Chart – Widgenie

As some commented on an earlier post, FusionCharts provides an easy way for people to hack together statistical graphics - sometimes not so attractively - and put the results on…

Books that Make You Dumb (Not Really)

Linking of low (and high) SAT scores and favorite books from Facebook.

Watch the Money Clock to See What You’ve Earned

Despite being surrounded with ads, this money clock was kind of, um, interesting. Put in how much you earn hourly, monthly, or annually, and it displays a running clock of…

Find a Replacement for this Ugly Venn Diagram

This venn diagram showing results from tests for Autism really seems to be making its rounds lately. It began with Igor Carron asking on his blog if there was a…

Not so Hot Graphs in Academic Papers

Karl Broman has an amusing list of the top ten worst graphs found in academic papers. One of them, very sadly, was actually from the Journal of the American Statistical…