- Chapter 22 in Claus Wilke, Fundamentals of Data Visualization1
- Naomi Robbins, “Are Grid Lines Useful or Chartjunk?”
- Stephen Few, “Grid Lines in Graphs are Rarely Useful”
- Henry Wang, “ggplot2 Theme Elements Demonstration”
- Glance through the documentation for ggplot’s complete themes and
theme(), especially the examples near the bottom
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 the principles of CRAP apply to graph design and other theme elements?
- Should plots use gridlines? Naomi Robbins says yes; Stephen Few says no—what do you say?
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