Friday, August 15th, 2014 - by Bella
Have a look: next to each other? Apart from one another? Inches on the left, centimeter on the right.
Source: Catalog Swiss Shop Duty Free, Summer 2014.
Pretty much apart. Although, the same belongs next to each other in one part. But the same is not the same here. Because it is for different nationalities. For the English and for the Germans. Therefore apart. Good job.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - by Bella
Once again at the airport. Where there’s lots of information.
Or no information.
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - by Bella
A friend sent me this: From London. From the airport. It shows how long you have to wait. At security. Have a look.
London Heathrow, Terminal 5.
North and South have the same length. But – how long are three men? Don’t know. Although you know more with it than without. Good. Even better with minutes.
Monday, June 30th, 2014 - by Bella
The stock market in the Financial Times is funny as well. Thanks to the headings. It gets even more funny when there is no heading at all. Have a look. A DIY-chart: You have to think about it what it’s supposed to say. Probably, that Indian Equities rose by 20 % (= (24–20)/20)? Or, that Indian Equities lately rose by 10 % (= (24–22)/22)?
Source: Financial Times, 2014–05–16.
Also funny: Heading below, than look for the 10 %.
Source: Financial Times, 2014–05–16, page 1.
A legend within the chart would be great. With an arrow, for example. Funny: the arrow always points in the wrong direction. Because it’s not an arrow, it’s a sign.
Source: Financial Times, 2014–05–16, page 21.
Very funny as well: scale and superscribe it, so that plus 1.57 and minus 22.50 look alike. Especially funny: at times, change is relative, at other times, change is absolute – all in one newspaper. Although the development of prices are compared. This has to be done in a relative way.
Source: Financial Times, 2014–05–16.
Sunday, June 15th, 2014 - by Bella
I looked at them again. At the stock exchange prices in the SZ, the German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Always funny. For a long time now. Again and again. Have a look.
Source: SZ from 2014–05–15. Click to enlarge: MDax and TecDax
Aurubis is up 3.43. And Leoni 4.02. A difference of 17 %. But the bar for Leoni is 58 % longer.
It gets even more funny. Freenet is down 5.35. Leoni is 25 % shorter. But the bar for it 12 % longer. So much fun.
The fun comes from chopping. And stick-ash-to-it. Sometimes at 4. Sometimes at 11.
Sparkasse knows how to do it better.
Friday, May 30th, 2014 - by Bella
There is a new magazine. For economy and stuff. BILANZ (in German only). In it, there was this bubbling water spout. Have a look.
Profitability of the various business segments of Thyssen-Krupp.
Source: The magazine “Bilanz”, May 2014, page 14.
Looked closer. With pleasure. Because eyes love it colorful. Though I didn’t like reading it. Have a look. Back and forth. Between numbers and numbers, colors and legend, numbers and headline, headline and headline. Stressful.
Source: me, with paw scan for my personal eye tracking.
Maybe economy is stressful, if it must be funny? And would be funnier, if it weren’t that stressful?
Thursday, May 15th, 2014 - by Bella
He had to get money. For my food. Waiting outside I looked in the display window. There were houses and apartments for sale. And the stock market. Have a look.
Seen at the Sparkasse Nuremberg, Äußere Sulzbacher Straße.
Sparkasse uses graphical tables. Really classy!
* Sparkasse is a major German savings bank.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - by Bella
You mustn’t chop the feet of columns. And you mustn’t hit them on the head either. Have a look.
Source: Hans Zeisel, Say it with figures, New York, 1985, page 128.
This should have been fill columns. But now, it’s only funny. Hans drew it. His book is great. His graphics aren’t. Basically, I’m supposed to understand 5 percent and 8 percent. Instead, I was thinking about the squashed head.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - by Bella
Symbols are difficult. Some symbols can only be understood when they are next to each other. Have a look.
Source: my photos. Orangerie, Paris.
I thought I was right. Because it’s for girls here. I wasn’t right.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was wrong. Have a look again.
Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - by Bella
Today, there are more Caesarians than years ago. A whole lot more. Says the German newspaper “SZ”. Because senior college graduates don’t want to suffer. Because parents think that a birthday on 2012–12–12 is funny. Because of other things, too. That is bad, says “SZ”. Because the brain isn’t fully developed. Have a look.
Source: The German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, 2014–03–17, page 16 (online). I put it together.
The bigger the red circle, the less births. In other words: bad, because less children are born on these days. The bigger the blue circle, the more births. In other words: bad, because more children are born on these days as nature wants.
Small circle for less, big circle for more – that would have been easier for me to understand.
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 - by Bella
Last time but two: Crushed bars and jumping columns. Next to last time: decrushed bars. This time: columns that don’t jump anymore. Data from 2004 until 2013: Money for software companies, that are just starting their business. From companies with money.
Redesign: me. Data from jumping columns, last time but two, scaled logarithmically.
The Angels don’t give that much money. But increasingly more. 2013 ten times more than 2004. The other two give sometimes more and sometimes less. You can look at it for a long time. And think about it.
Here is how “The Economist” draws it:
Source: Next to last time. “The Economist”, Special Report „Tech Startups“, 2014–01–18, page 5.
Again, you can look at it for a long time. And think about it. But it won’t do any good. Because of the jumping columns. If the yellow columns jump, the brown columns jump as well. Whether they really jump or not. Though you can’t see, whether they really jump.
Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Bella
Found this, the other day. In “Die Welt”. A national, daily German newspaper. It’s scaring its readers. With a dumb chart or, as they call it, “Chart of doom”. For stocks. Like in 1929.
A memorable parallel: Similarities before the great crash in 1929 and today are striking. Dow Jones in points. Source: welt.de, 2014–02–18.
“Die Welt” says there are similarities. Because it uses the wrong scale. But look at the axes. Left: 200 to 350 (+ 75 percent). Right: 13,000 to 16,000 (+23 percent). That’s mean. Or dumb. Or both.
This is how it looks with the right scale:
Source: DeltaMaster, comparable scaling (in German).
The chart below works, too. Both time series on top of each other. Both start with 100. That’s good, too. But you can’t see the values anymore.
Source: DeltaMaster, index time series.
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 - by Bella
I said: I draw that again. Now have a look.
Look how it works. In “The Economist” it looked like that:
Source: Same as last time. “The Economist”, Special Report “Tech Startups”, 2014–01–18, page 5.
I promised: I’ll give it a try with point bars. And logarithmically. Now you can have a look again:
From me as well.
Have a look at the distances: They are the same between Y Combinator, Techstars and AngelPad. Because: Y Combinator is four times bigger than Techstars. And Techstars four times bigger than AngelPad. Great.
Funny, hm? 2 billion and 2 million within the same list. Point bars in a logarithmic way can deal with it.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014 - by Bella
One of my intentions for 2014: I’ll stay dog-matic. Because… data are cruel. Have a look.
Source: “The Economist”, Special Report “Tech Startups”, 2014–01–18, page 5.
Two values were too big. The bars too long. The page too small. Snip! Snap! The two crushed bars add up to 2 billion. The other eight up to 300 million. Isn’t it bold how the Economist shrinks Y Combinator. And TechStars are shrunk-stretched: Too big for Y Combinator, too small for AngelPad.
Source: also there, page 3.
Two pages ahead: Jumping columns. Here, I would like to have snip snap. When the Early-stagers jump, the Later-stagers jump as well. Even if they are the epitome of calmness.
Could have been better shown in a dog-matic way: With point bars and lines. Both logarithmically. I’ll draw that again. And will show it to you. Look forward to it!
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 - by Bella
Wolfhart gave me a book. As a present. From Eduard. About maps. I flipped through the pages. Then I got hungry. The dog food is sent by post. Produced in A. I live in D. In B and C, there are hungry dogs as well. Have a look. As if it were real. A real map. Between A and B the street is winding like a worm. Same between C and D.
Fig. 110 Transportation route A-B-C-D displayed topographically (left)
Fig. 111 Transport volume on the simplified route A-B and B-C and C-D (right)
Source: Eduard Imhof, Special subject cartography (in German: Thematische Kartografie), Berlin et. al. 1972, page 192.
How many parcels are left for me? Have a look at fig. 111. It’s still a pretty nice map. It still looks as if it were real. And you see the parcels.
Fig. 112 Transport volume from A to B and from B to C and from C to D. Transportation routes are stretched (left)
Fig. 113 Transport volume from A to B, from A to C, from A to D, without specification of the route (right)
Source: there again, page 193.
Have a look at fig. 112. Lots of map. Lots of statistic. It doesn’t look as if it were real anymore. And have a look at fig. 113. That’s for the post office. The want to know how much they can charge. From every hungry dog. Doesn’t look real at all. But it’s correct. For this purpose.
They are all correct. For their own purpose. See: not only the real things are correct.