Category Archives: What???

Infographics What???

Ouch…

There’s something about cloud-related infographics recently.  Check this out as another example.

I mean, oh dear.  These aren’t just pies…  These are 3d pies which don’t only try to encode data in slices, but in their relative height..


Think that’s bad?  Try this:-

3d bars? Zoomed in data in the form of a 3d pie in just one colour?  Awesome!!

Awesome is the word this website uses to describe its own infographic, in case you needed any additional comedy value.

And, graphics aside, I have to say I find the over-

use of hyphen-

ating, quite frustr-

ating to read…

Charts What???

It’s not just pie charts that I hate…

It’s charts made of balloons, sunshine, turf and dollar signs.


Did Microsoft pay somebody to make this??  There are too many things to complain about.  Comments are more than welcome.

Charts What???

Two things that have made me grumpy today

The first is this..

It’s an animated GIF of ’30 years of Music Industry Change’.  And it’s horrible, especially if it was done seriously (original can be found here).  Hopefully you don’t need to ask me what’s wrong with this (too many things to list but add the terms ‘pie’, ‘3d’ and ‘animated’ to a long, long list)

The second is the fact that I wanted to have a go at using the raw data behind this to maybe play around and create something a bit better.  In my searching I found where I can get the data, but apparently to get hold of it I have to PAY!!

I don’t understand why the RIAA would charge for users to access their data in this way.  I know they’re hacked off at how the music industry is (apparently) losing money through illegally downloading music, but is that any good reason to restrict their data to those willing to shell out their hard earned cash for it?

I wonder if anybody is brave enough to make this data available for free online?  God help them if they do..

Charts Infographics What???

Sometimes bars can be rubbish, too (in the wrong hands)

I was just made aware of this monstrosity (thanks to John Walkenbach) on the CNN Money website in an article which explains how the US treasury has less cash on hand than Apple (full article).

Umm, where to start with this one?  There’s just so much wrong…

  • Poor use of graphics which do nothing but confuse the eye when simple bars would be much easier to use.  The top right hand corner of the money pile is the top of the ‘bar’ – even the designer has placed the piles of money between lines to try to make it easier to see this, but it doesn’t work.  In fact, doing this makes for an unusual optical illusion, so none of the lines appear straight..at least not to me anyway.
  • The bottom of the piles should be at zero on the axis, but they sit at what I would guess to be about $30.000.  It doesn’t look right.
  • There’s no point in the labels on the vertical axis, as the actual figures have been marked at the top of the bars themselves.
  • Having said that, because there are only two figures to compare, there really isn’t any point in displaying anything visual like this.  It might work if comparing three or more balances, but it’s more than obvious that the figure for Apple is larger than the one for the US.

I actually can’t think of anything I like about this image at all.  Any opinions?