12 July 2018

What your graph palette says about you

Errant Science is on form again:


I loved this, but I thought it didn’t include options I see surprisingly often, at least for bar graphs. Click to enlarge!



Hat tip to Justin Kiggins.

05 July 2018

When white space makes you well up

Last Thursday, there was a shooting in the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

On Friday, the Gazette put out a damn paper, and ran this as its editorial page.

Capital Gazette editorial: Today, we are speechless. This page is intentionally left blank today to commemorate victims of Thursday’s shooting in our office.

Today, we are speechless. This page is intentionally left blank today to commemorate victims of Thursday’s shooting in our office.

I nearly cried looking at this. What gives it power is not just the words. It’s the space around the words.

Imagine if that powerful statement had appeared like this:


There’s no impact at all.

I’m always telling people, “Don’t fill up your poster! You don’t need to cover every inch with stuff!” This is the kind of stuff I’m talking about.