Good Charts Are Like Good Jokes (They don’t have to be explained.) [Update: Sally Bigwood said it better here]. By Jorge Camoes| 2016-06-19T11:58:37+00:00 November 22nd, 2009|14 Effective design, Design|4 Comments Share This Post, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditTumblrGoogle+PinterestVkEmail Related Posts Permalink Gallery A companion post to my NTTS2017 presentation Permalink Gallery On alternative pizzas, pie charts and datavis pedantry Permalink Gallery Write your own data visualization stylebook Permalink Gallery The cave Permalink Gallery Two datavis places I don’t belong to 4 Comments Bill November 25, 2009 at 19:30 or after years of hard thinking I have concluded that graphs are like jokes: if you have to explain them they have failed. — Sally Bigwood – found somewhere on http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index Jorge Camoes November 25, 2009 at 20:06 Bill: Thanks. This is an obvious connection and I was surprised not getting any results when searching for “charts are like jokes”. I should have tried “graphs” also. melissa Spore January 14, 2010 at 15:37 Hello! Thanks for quoteing my c0-author, Sally Bigwood, from the Tufte site. You might be interested in our book Presenting Numbers, Tables & Charts (Bigwood & Spore: Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-860722-9) and her business web site, Plain Figures . Best, melissa Jorge January 14, 2010 at 20:10 Hi Melissa. I actually have your book, it was one for the first books I bought when I started blogging, about three years ago (November 7, 2006 – thanks Amazon…). Comments are closed.