Making data speak

As a lot of information provided in a small box can be difficult to read, data stories should be given more space
Sridhar Venkatraman, a subscriber of the e-paper from Milton Keynes in the U.K., wrote to us with a few interesting questions about data visualisation in news stories and on the oped page. He said: “First, hats off to the graphics team for making interesting charts and maps and introducing variety to the readers. The charts and maps help in understanding numbers better than tables do. However, the circle-style graph is becoming repetitive. And in some cases, the circles are too small and the text on them is so tiny that I have to zoom in to read. If I zoom in, the context of the entire graphic is lost and I can see only one or two points in close up. As a reader, I am not interested in zooming in and seeing every single State in the country.” Mr. Venkatraman then listed seven data stories to substantiate his argument.
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