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#1
05-12-2020, 02:08 PM
 Guest Join Date: Oct 2008 Posts: 1,810

Why graph like this this? WASHPO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2...ngton_Post.svg

Why would someone lay out a graph in this manner? (Time on y axis with most recent at bottom and numbers on x axis increasing to the right) Its just...wrong.
#2
05-12-2020, 02:21 PM
 Guest Join Date: Apr 2002 Location: Lincoln Park, Chicago Posts: 7,412
I would assume it was so they could put the words horizontally rather than have to put them vertically.
#3
05-12-2020, 02:32 PM
 Charter Member Join Date: May 2000 Location: An antique land Posts: 7,488
It's so that you can read the quotes in order from top to bottom. You want the largest number and the latest date to be on the bottom right, and this arrangement is the most efficient way to make that work.
#4
05-12-2020, 02:36 PM
 Member Join Date: Mar 2000 Posts: 21,266
I would at least flip the timeline (Y-axis). It maintains readability and allows for additional trumpian inanities. Sky's the limit.
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#5
05-13-2020, 09:12 AM
 Guest Join Date: Oct 2008 Posts: 1,810
O.K. - I guess I've never seen a graph where a line that moves downward indicates an increasing number over time - e..g. stock market, every other Covid graph that I've seen. To add new data you have to move the whole graph, not merely add to it.
#6
05-13-2020, 01:48 PM
 Guest Join Date: Dec 2009 Location: the Land of Smiles Posts: 21,525
Focus on the sentences, not the graph. As Tim R. Mortiss and SpoilerVirgin say, we're used to reading horizontally, and from top to bottom.

One wants the chronology to read from the past toward the present. The design is clever. If you're right that organizing a graph like that is unusual, then call the design very clever.
#7
05-14-2020, 06:47 AM
 Guest Join Date: Oct 2008 Posts: 1,810
O.K. Maybe I'm beating a dead horse and I'm definitely slow but what is so clever about it unless the point is to mis-lead? If you were to look at the that graph, (call it "cases over time") and the axises weren't named, you'd probably believe that there has been a huge drop in numbers. Focus on the sentences? Why? The whole point of a graph is to give you a visual representation of the data in an easy to understand manner. I've seen other, more traditional, graphs with Trumps lies and misleading statements and IMHO, they are much more effective at making the point. Which IS the point.
#8
05-14-2020, 09:07 AM
 Guest Join Date: Aug 2007 Location: Back at 5,280 Posts: 5,537
In english we read left to right and top to bottom. You are focusing on numbers when the chart is clearly laid out for reading. Think of it as a consise graphic of what was going on in the country when Trump said each thing.

If the numbers were laid out more traditionally for their ease of reading you would either have the words in a harder orientation or you would read from the bottom up neither of which is ideal.
#9
05-15-2020, 07:57 AM
 Guest Join Date: Jun 2002 Location: Norway Posts: 6,990
I think it's clever, but that it does lose a bit of impact by having a graph in an unusual format.
They'd be better of just overlaying the quotes on a faded out graph, with faded out connectors behind the text. Makes the graph less prominent, but the graph as is isn't a good element anyway.

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