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Gallery: Low + Pictorial

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Benefits & pitfalls

Benefits & pitfalls: pictorial

  • Using pictures to show data values can be misleading, where different images have different areas or volumes. Wider images can lead users to think that the data values are larger, even where height is the only dimension used to represent data values.

How to create your own

Create your own: pictorial

  • Pictorial versions of standard charts can be created in a range of standard data applications such as Excel For example in Excel, setup the chart and 'Format data series -> Fill' with Pattern or texture fill, and select a file image to use as a pictorial (you'll need to have setup the image first).

Area graph: salt content

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A visualization intended to contrast salt content between several foods.
Average rating: 6.1 (8 votes)
Visual types:

pictorial

Line area graph

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This visualisation presents the number of foreign high school students in the US in 2008 and contrast it with the number of US students going abroad. The total volume of students is represented by the area covered by the lines.
Average rating: 5 (6 votes)

Office space availability

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Diagram showing location and type of office space available in San Francisco skyscrapers.
Average rating: 6.5 (3 votes)
Visual types:

bar chart, pictorial

Opinion change over time - with photo prompts

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Shows how visualisations have changed over time. Use of photos to make the issue explicit.
Average rating: 2 (1 votes)
Visual types:

table, pictorial

Pictorial bar chart

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Fuel use of various modes of transport.
Average rating: 4.7 (3 votes)
Visual types:

bar chart, pictorial

Pictorial illustration of data

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Picture image illustrating a statistic (that one in five people eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day).
Average rating: 4.3 (4 votes)
Visual types:

pictorial

Pictorial stacked percentage chart

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Percentage of carbon cost for various activities involved in making one bottle of Innocent smoothie vs one can of Coke.<br /><br />There is a major misleading aspect to this visualisation: The use of varying widths for the two bars suggests to the viewer that the coke can produces significantly more CO2 than the smoothie bottle. Examination of the text shows that this is not the case.
Average rating: 5 (4 votes)

Thematic brainstorm

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Brainstorm of sustainability issues.
Average rating: 7 (4 votes)
Visual types:

qualitative, pictorial