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Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet
09-14-2014, 10:43 PM
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RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet
What seems right: The information box overlays are a nice touch. The overall quality is very nice. If the 3D effect had been done better, it would make a catchy visual. The chart contains all the information we need to fully understand what it wants to convey, although it may take a little bit of study to figure everything out. There isn't a "missing context" situation.

What seems wrong: The quasi-3D effect is confusing. It took several minutes of concerted effort to figure out the horizontal bars. It was quite confusing with the purple color on top of the horizontal bars. The purple gradient is supposed to indicate the walls of the bars, but it lacks a true 3D effect. For that we would need some reflection, some way to make a better distinction. In short, it lacks the visual queues that people use to help in 3D perspective so it ends ups being confusing. There seems to be a consensus that the yellow bar color should be at least a two-tone alternating pattern. As it is, it is difficult to connect the worldwide sales value with the quarter. When tracing back it is too easy to cross over neighboring bars. Perhaps if the quarter labels were repeated for the worldwide sales bars it would have been clearer.

In summary, this visualization represents 2 bar charts, placed at 90 degrees to each other in an attempt to 3-dimensionalize them. It is not very intuitive, has color problems, so it definitely could be improved. As others have said, having two bar charts or line charts either separate or overlaid would be simpler and more intuitive.
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Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - Derek Nelson - 09-11-2014, 11:19 AM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - IVIunTaseR - 09-12-2014, 04:11 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - mathewa - 09-12-2014, 07:43 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - Jeff Webb - 09-13-2014, 08:09 AM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - holtvg - 09-13-2014, 05:30 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - EricL00 - 09-13-2014, 07:13 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - yaoyao - 09-13-2014, 10:58 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - jdunstan - 09-14-2014, 04:34 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - lediaev - 09-14-2014 10:43 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - u0780582 - 09-14-2014, 10:54 PM
RE: Week 3: PCs: Not Dead Yet - shivam - 09-14-2014, 11:04 PM

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