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Data Stories: Troubleshoot Your Data Visualizations

Communicating data insights through visualization seems easy until you realize how common some errors are.


Redrawn for Clarity


A data journalist at The Economist recently shared a collection of old charts that were published with misleading or incorrect visuals and demonstrated how she would fix them.


When Is a Chart Misleading?

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Even simple charts can go wrong. These examples show common mistakes made when using static charts and infographics, including when to definitely use (or not use) a visualization in the first place.


What Not to Do

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For more detailed advice, check out this list of data visualization caveats on Many of the errors link to comprehensive articles with further guidance.

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