Charting Pitfalls, Flexible Guidelines, Exceptions to the Rules

August 23, 2018

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Don’t use this chart type. That’s misleading. Make sure to only use this color scheme. That takes too long to interpret. Use this scale to show that thing. Sometimes it seems like there are so many visualization pitfalls, rules, and guidelines — often conflicting depending on who you ask — that it can be hard to keep track.

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