If you only consider data format to choose your chart type, then yeah, you’re probably approaching the problem too mechanically. But it’s still part of the process.
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The Process 106 – Self-Imposed Visualization Constraints, for Focus and Fun
Constraints usually seem like a bad thing. Less freedom. You can’t do exactly what you want to do. You’re limited. But sometimes constraints can lead you towards unexpected paths.
In a discussion of context and visualization, Jen Christiansen pulls out a good…