Baseline matters

Dec 5, 2014

Sweet, I guess Fox News had it right all along. I’m going to save a ton of space by truncating my vertical axes from now on. I just might go back and retrofit all of my old charts too. [via Reddit]

Chart Type Used

Stacked Bar Chart

With the stacked version of the bar, compare subcategories across groups. Try not to show too many subcategories though, or it'll clutter quick.

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How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

This is an American Workday, By Occupation

I simulated a day for employed Americans to see when and where they work.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.