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Pie of a Pie of a Pie chart [Good or Bad?]

Published on Nov 9, 2012 in Charts and Graphs
Pie of a Pie of a Pie chart [Good or Bad?]

There are some charts that look so stunning and yet confusing. You cant make up your mind whether it tells a compelling story or it is just plain wrong.

Today, let me present you one such chart. I call this Pie of a Pie of a Pie chart.

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Excel Links – After a long time edition

Published on Oct 24, 2011 in excel links

Long time readers of Chandoo.org know that we have a regular featured called as “Excel Links“, where I share some interesting Excel articles published around the web. This used to be a weekly feature, then became a monthly thing and later once a few months thing. As I had a hectic weekend, when I got […]

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What is the most embarrassing charting mistake you made? [weekend poll]

Published on Nov 13, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
What is the most embarrassing charting mistake you made? [weekend poll]

This week’s poll is very simple. What is the the most embarrassing charting mistake your made?

For me it has to be that one time when I made a sports dashboard using excel. I have adjusted the axis scale of a bar chart so that my favorite cricket player (Sachin Tendulkar, who else?)’s records are emphasized. In a matter of minutes I have received several comments from all over world pointing out the mistake. Even though, the intention was to highlight the achievements of master blaster, the axis adjustment was obviously a mistake.

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Lets Pimp a Gauge Chart [Chart Porn Friday]

Published on Nov 6, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
Lets Pimp a Gauge Chart [Chart Porn Friday]

Egil, one of our alert readers from Norway sent this to me in e-mail, which I swear, I am not making up – A Fancy Gauge Chart. See the e-mail and chart yourself. I’m having a lot of fun with your gauge template To make it more industrial-like, I’ve added: 1. Brushed metal background picture […]

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Nightmarish Pie Charts [because it is weekend]

Nightmarish Pie Charts [because it is weekend]

Nothing like a weekend making fun of something worthless. So we will pick on some of the plump, overloaded and visually disgusting pie charts featured on various extremely popular websites. As a bonus, you get to see my hand-drawn pie chart on the usage of pie charts.

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What would you do if a co-worker makes ugly chart? [weekend poll]

Published on Aug 7, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
What would you do if a co-worker makes ugly chart? [weekend poll]

We talk alot about making better charts and perils of bad charts here.

I want to know what you usually do when a co-worker or boss makes an ugly chart?

  1. You tell them the chart sucks
  2. You gently point out the mistakes of their chart and tell them some nicer and cooler ways to tackle it
  3. You stay calm and send them an e-mail later (may be with a link to PHD chart pages or something like that)
  4. You don’t care (and may be continue doodling)
  5. Any other

Vote your option using comments.

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Are you excited about this twitter chart?

Published on Jul 31, 2009 in Cool Infographics & Data Visualizations
Are you excited about this twitter chart?

In this ironically titled “Let’s not get too excited” chart, David shows us how the twitter community is divided. Can you guess what is wrong with this chart?

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Charting Lessons from Optical Illusions

Published on Jul 28, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Featured
Charting Lessons from Optical Illusions

The other day while doing aimless roaming on the dotcom alley, I have seen some cool optical illusions. There are so many valuable lessons optical illusions can teach us – chart makers. Don’t believe me? Look at the bubble chart illusion on the left and tell me which orange circle is bigger? What is your answer? Right or left. Well, my friend, the answer is both are of same size. Read the rest of this post to find some cool optical illusions and what they can teach us – chart makers.

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We cant Cure Cancer, But we can Cure this Medicare Chart [Chart Busters]

Published on Jul 24, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
We cant Cure Cancer, But we can Cure this Medicare Chart [Chart Busters]

In this installment of Chartbusters, we take a look at a poorly constructed choropleth of medicare reimbursements in US and suggest cure for it. The post is from our Guest Buster – Jeff.

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Are you focusing on F word or S word? [Charting Principles]

Published on Jun 17, 2009 in Charts and Graphs

When you are making a chart next time, spend just 5 minutes (or even less) on the formatting and give more time (may be 20 minutes) to think about the story.

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Bring out your bad charts, the ChartBusters are here…

Published on Jun 12, 2009 in Charts and Graphs

Imagine having two annoying little bloggers looking over your shoulder and trying to mess up with the chart you are making…

I am still waiting, go ahead, imagine…

Now come back, that is exactly what “ChartBusters” is all about. Read more…

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How Many Bubbles are Too Many Bubbles?

How Many Bubbles are Too Many Bubbles?

In How Many Links are Too Many Links, O’Reilly radar shows us this unfortunate bubble chart. Read the rest to see why the chart is unfortunate.

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Professional Resume or Data Visualization Fail? [poll]

Professional Resume or Data Visualization Fail? [poll]

Michael Anderson, a web designer has posted this delicious looking visual resume. While the resume looks stunning at a glance, a closer inspection reveals that you cant really make any valuable conclusions about Michael’s past experience and qualifications. Of course if the purpose of this resume is to show that he is a fabulous designer, then the resume definitely achieved that.
What is your opinion on this type of resume data visualizations ?

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6 charts you will see in hell

Published on Sep 3, 2008 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
6 charts you will see in hell

Often it is easy to get carried away with a tools features. Excel is no exception. But here is a list of grotesque charts that you should never make, not even on your last day at work. 1. Leave the radar charts for Spidermen why? You can hardly conclude anything by looking at them They […]

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