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 Write your own data visualization stylebook Permalink Gallery The cave Permalink Gallery Two datavis places I don’t belong to Permalink Gallery Eurostat, or the art of factoid growing Permalink Gallery Bad charts from people who should know better 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.