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Use Established Chart Types, Because They’re More Straightforward (The Process 097)

July 9, 2020


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Last week I talked about trying new visual encodings. Experiment. Because you might find something new that works for your specific purpose and dataset.

Taking it the other direction, there are also many advantages to using well-established charts like the trusty bar chart, line chart, or scatter plot. Most of the time, you can and should take this route.

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