Principles of good graphical design

Unfortunately, the examples of bad graphs on the next pages are no longer available. After a recent web upgrade at SFU, most of the links no longer work, and the Administration at Simon Fraser University is unwilling to commit resources to fix the problem. Visit these pages for a revised compendium of Bad Graphs. (look for the first bullet point under Chapter 0).

Some basic principles to follow when constructing graphs are:

The best graph is one that is self-explanatory!

There are many common errors that are made in poor graphs. Here are some of the most common errors:

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