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Old 01-11-2007, 06:47 AM   #5
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This data will take to shape of bar-charts/pie-graphs etc. All very boring stuff I'm sure you agree. However, does anyone have any ideas how to make this more interesting? Has anyone come across a similar problem before?
The main difficulty with charts is that clarity is more important than charm. Many “interesting-looking” charts render the data ambiguous or hard to see.

That doesn’t mean they need to be homely, but it is usually best to keep it simple but classy.

Have you seen the books or seminars by Edward Tufte? He can be a little doctrinaire at times, but he does have useful things to say about the presentation of data. One or more of his books — The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, and Visual Explanations — might be worth reading, especially if you often need to do this sort of work.

   
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