(They don’t have to be explained.)
[Update: Sally Bigwood said it better here].
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
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.
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 .
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…).