Beyond the Gee Whiz Graph – the OMG Graph

August 1, 2012
Posted by Jay Livingston

How to make a 13% increase (4.6 percentage points) look like a quintupling.

I’ve blogged before about “gee-whiz graphs” (here and here ). And I’ve blogged about the inventive graphing techniques of the folks at Fox (here).  But this example may be in a class by itself.

In case the numbers are not clear:  Now = 35%, Jan. 1. 2013 = 39.6%.  The heights of the bars make a 13% increase appear as a 400% increase.

HT: I’m not sure who posted this first.  I got it thanks to Sangeeta Parashar.

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