Words make the visual accessible. The graph has a title, the y-axis has a title, and the x-axis leverages super-categories (years) to reduce redundant labeling and make the data more easily scannable. The words at the top right reinforce what we should be paying attention to (we will talk about words much more in the context of storytelling in Chapter 7). The footnote contains a note about the total number of projects over time, which is helpful context that we don’t get from the visual directly due to the use of 100% stacked bars.
- Chapter 6 dissecting model visuals
- from Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
- Released: November 2015
Footnote words can tell more of the story without causing clutter and distraction.
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