Amounts and proportions
- Chapter 6 in Claus Wilke, Fundamentals of Data Visualization1
- Chapter 6 in Alberto Cairo, The Truthful Art2
- Chapter 10 in Claus Wilke, Fundamentals of Data Visualization3
- Engaging Readers with Square Pie/Waffle Charts
- Understanding Pie Charts
- Square pie chart beats out the rest in perception study
- Twitter thread from John Burn-Murdoch on why the Financial Times uses log scales in their COVID-19 tracking charts
- Tweet and Twitter thread from John Burn-Murdoch on why the Financial Times doesn’t use population-adjusted numbers in their COVID-19 tracking charts
- Video from the Financial Times about the design decisions behind their COVID-19 tracking charts
Questions to reflect on
(Remember, you don’t need to answer all of these—or even any of them! These are just here to help guide your thinking.)
- How do these types of visualizations help or hinder our search for truth in data?
- What do you think of the Financial Times explanations of their use of absolute numbers (not per capita numbers) and log scales (not regular scales)? How have these decisions affected your perception of the pandemic? How have they affected others’ perceptions?
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