The Principle of Proportional Ink is a great primer on how to avoid what Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West call "visual bullshit," like this craptacular graph above. The rule is very simple:
When a shaded region is used to represent a numerical value, the area of that shaded region should be directly proportional to the corresponding value. In other words, the amount of ink used to indicate a value should be proportional to the value itself.
They created Calling Bullshit after deciding "the world has become over-saturated with bullshit and we're sick of it." I'm grateful that they stated the truest truth in all of truthdom:
Three dimensional pie charts, such as the one below, are even worse. We cannot think of a situation in which the addition of a third dimension offers anything other than visual bullshit.
Many other examples of visual bullshit in there, so check it out.
• Calling Bullshit (h/t Andrea James)
Damnit Paramount, I’m a blogger not a lawyer… but you might want to call one. Yes, that is the U.S. Space Force logo that Donald Trump just revealed. And yes, that is the Star Trek Starfleet Command logo. (NPR) Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this… https://t.co/msYcJMlqjh — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 24, 2020
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