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March 19, 2010

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Ha! I was so appalled by that WSJ chart. One of the worst parts of it: beyond the fact that it doesn't convey information effectively, it also presumably required more effort to make it that way than just using a bar chart!

Note that the kitten poster is not created by Tufte

Click through reveals the source to be:

http://markandrewgoetz.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/my-new-wallpaper/

Thanks Brian. To be clear, Tufte is not in the habit of killing kittens; as regular readers will know "Because it's Friday" posts often contain jokes (such as they are). I've updated the link with the source attribution.

The WSJ circle chart has one advantage: by using volume instead of height, it takes less vertical room to display highly variable data.

That is the only advantage I could see.

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