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April 9, 2010

The Earth is a Giant Pie

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Check this out:

It's frightening that someone would publish a sphere-like pie chart; this was a new approach to me and possibly the worst yet. Come on, at least put the data in order. The KISS method is so much better:

A simple bar chart based on the data table would look like:

What are the top 5 categories? Takes you a while to figure it out, doesn't it? The most effective way to display this data to communicate the message is:

Why overcomplicate things when simple is clearly the best approach?

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