March 3, 2010
I almost got sick
Some of the issues I see:
- Of course, the 3D perspective. BARF!
- The data labels on the bars...Are they really necessary to communicate the message?
- The background color choice gives me the impression I'm somewhere deep in space with all of that black.
- Stop-light colors. We all understand why people use stop light colors, but this doesn't work for those that are color blind.
- The cylinders. A flat bar is always a better choice.
- The angle of the chart leads you to believe the height of the bars is different, when in fact, they're all the same height.
Here are some options:
However, given the small set of data, would a simple table be best? Really all I care about are the problems. None of the charts above give that "pop." What would I do? I would create two tables.
First, the raw values.
Second, the percent of the total for each claim type.
Does anything stand out to you in these tables?