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Using Charts Effectively

This guide is a general overview of creating and using charts including best practices in chart design.

Common Mistakes

What is wrong with these charts?



(Answer: The pie chart! Total percentages do not add up to 100%. A bar chart would have been a better choice. The source is listed as “margin of error”. )




(Answer: There is no header to emphasize the key point. Not enough colors are used.)





(Answer: There is no header. The zero value looks like it has a value of 8.)

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