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What's wrong with this picture... - Ed's journal
sobrique
sobrique
What's wrong with this picture...
It really annoys me when companies do things like this:

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crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: January 6th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh?...that hurts my head..
xarrion From: xarrion Date: January 6th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it is strictly valid as it says 'up to', but really needs small print stating '5% saving shown'
queex From: queex Date: January 6th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was reading it as intended to be the other way round- the blue is what you pay now, the whole cylinder what you used to pay. So the first one is all cock-eyed.
xarrion From: xarrion Date: January 6th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read it as 'your blue bar used to be emptied, but now you have 33% saved/left'
queex From: queex Date: January 6th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think what we can take away from this is that the graphic is truly piss-poor.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: January 6th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. There were 6 of them, in all, and they were all similarly 'yeah whatever' sorts of fills of the cylinder.

I also get annoyed whenever I see a graph with an 'axis' that doesn't go through zero, for much the same reason.
Or they ninja in a log scale, or something similar.
I'm sure there are data for which such things are an appropriate representation - but typically, these are not the sorts of things that are seen on powerpoint slides/training materials.
erjholton From: erjholton Date: January 6th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My guess on the first one is that the designer realised that, if the blue was at the proper level, the text would either have to cross from the grey to the blue or would have to be moved to the lower part of the cylinder. Either might have been regarded as a more undesirable outcome than the current graphic.

Or it was just incompetence.
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