Dear [Fellow] Researchers:

21 Feb

As I delve through waves upon waves of research for a topic which I find interest, I have to say this:

After doing a few runs of testing, analysis, and researching myself (and after having to depict data in a fashion that is readable/straightforward), I’m getting tired of charts and graphs that don’t tell me anything.


If it takes yoy an extensive period of time to ‘figure out’ what it is you’re trying to explain, you’re DOING IT WRONG.

Data is only compelling (or not so compelling)if we can understand it. Making a chart that makes me go “What?” compels me in a different way: I’m trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing. *clicks next*

Vanessa B.


Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Dear [Fellow] Researchers:

  1. Mihaela

    February 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    LOL, I don’t want the CGT 512 experience to mislead you about the use of charts and graphs in academia – what we did was the opposite of your typical figure or table you find in an academic publication! Not saying it’s right, though…

  2. jackmoreland

    February 26, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I love the DOING IT WRONG examples. I looked at each, and spent a while on each one trying to figure out what I was looking at, and just kept mentally saying to myself “what?”

    Actually reminded me of one of the famous graphical blunders regarding the Challenger shuttle explosion.

    Here is the graphic that was used to make the decision to launch representing critical damage vs. temperature.

    Here is the graphic from Tufte afterward showing the same data.


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