Leo Sadovy

How to Make Your Pie Chart Worse

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Lyndon_Henry
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Europe wins
Lyndon_Henry   2/16/2017 10:42:08 PM
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In the race to create the most indecipherable charts/graphs, probably European analysts should claim the prize. I have spent untold cumulative hours staring at European graphs of stuff, trying to figure out what they are trying to convey. Here's just one example ...



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kq4ym
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Re: Simple is good
kq4ym   2/15/2017 10:21:38 AM
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Yes keeping it simple is definitely good. I wonder too about how to makee a chart memorable, that is, could it be constructed so that the viewer will "remember" that visual and of course get the numbers illustrated in a real way.

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Joe Stanganelli   2/13/2017 9:32:26 AM
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@James: Well, yes, there's that too.  Of course, sometimes there's no accounting for taste--or readability.

There is a Polish board game called Kolejka (English translation: Queue) that has red, green, and brown pieces and cards (along with other colors).  Cards of those particular colors are further distinguished with symbols as a matter of accessibility, so people don't mix them up.

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James Connolly   2/10/2017 1:29:58 PM
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@Joe. Even if you aren't color blind, the red on brown, brown on green, etc., color combos are plain ugly. Guaranteed to put people to sleep in meetings.

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Joe Stanganelli   2/10/2017 8:40:17 AM
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...and then take a cue from the American Petroleum Institute's Super Bowl ad and use white, unbordered font on light-colored slices (e.g., yellow, baby blue).  Bonus points for using red on brown slices, brown on green slices, etc. (to further confuse the partly color-blind).

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tomsg   2/9/2017 3:52:49 PM
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Do this and then scale it so the slices are tiny.

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Joe Stanganelli   2/9/2017 8:38:13 AM
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Another way to make pie charts worse: Use color choice to make them more confusing and less accessible for partially color-blind audiences -- e.g., put your crimson slice, your brown slice, and your dark heather green slice next to each other.

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Simple is good
T Sweeney   2/7/2017 12:52:52 PM
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Useful post, Leo... lots of good advice for how to add visual value with data presentations. As your SAS colleague Robert Allison frequently reminds us as well, simple is good.

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