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Want to Make A Chart Memorable? Add Junk | eagereyes
I've been trying to think about this for a while ... chartjunk can be functional, if it gets people to engage with the data. Although I'm not totally swayed by the entirety of his argument, I think his point that distinguishing between charts for analysis and charts for general illustration. As he says in the piece: "A common criticism of charts is that they are filled with chart junk, and that removing the extraneous elements would make the chart better and stronger. That argument works for analytical charts, but not for charts that are used for presentation. The way memory works suggests that chart junk is actually very useful to not only get a point across, but make sure the reader remembers it."
graphing  charts  datavisualization  chartjunk 
july 2011 by charliepark

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