Origami with flags

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Financial Times folded flags. To little houses. Cut apart. And distorted. Totally. 11 is hardly as large as 22. With the flags it’s mean. The scaling is even meaner. The chart is bad und nothing fits. Even good newspapers have to be read critically. Don’t trust blindly. Not one source. Regardless, how famous it is. Not even me.

Source: Financial Times, 2009-11-12, page 17.

Source: Financial Times, 2009–11–12, page 17.

Yesterday is left

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Time only runs top down in sandglasses. But not in charts. There, time is from left to right. Because it’s like that. Take a chart with a horizontal x-axis and a vertical y-axis. The independent variable should always be on the x-axis. Then everybody knows: The dependent variable is on the y-axis. That’s helpful. Like most other conventions, too.

In the newspaper WAMS, the time is vertical. Not too bad. But also not very nice.

A billion dollar business with the Mullahs. Title: 26 percent minus. The German export to the Iran in billions of Euro, each January to July
Source: Welt am Sonntag, Nr. 40, 04/10/2009, p. 36. Title: 26 percent minus. The German export to the Iran in billions of Euro, January to July for each year

Collapsteral damage

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Tax revenues collapse. Tells us the Handelsblatt. He thinks, 9 percent minus and collapse don’t go together. I read the article, too. And nearly collapsed: Perceptive priority not understood. Once again: With columns you interpret differences in length as differences in value. Therefore: Chopping prohibited. Or: Use lines instead of columns.

The Handelsblatt didn’t. See left. But they should. See right.

Beyond the zenith - German tax revenues in billion Euro. Source: Handelsblatt no. 131, July 13th 2009, p. 3.
“Beyond the zenith”: German tax revenues in billion Euro. Source: Handelsblatt no. 131, July 13th 2009, p. 3. Redesign: me. – The Handelsblatt is a major German economy newspaper.

Now I became a little skeptical and checked the reference (PDF). There are two more estimates. Hm.

Chart from Handelsblatt no. 131, July 13th 2009, p. 3, enriched with estimates for 2012 and 2013
Source: me.