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Good Graph-ics

What makes for good graphic design for graphs? That is the question on my mind as of late.
Below is a graph from the St. Louis federal reserve publication National Economic Trends. Simple and to the point for a brief time series. The publication also has other, more complicated time-series charts, most of which are nicely done with a minimum of chart-junk.
But more complicated graphics stress the limits of the black-and-white, for-print design.
Political scientist turned graphic designer Edward Tufte used to be the go-to guy for this kind of question, but the Visual Display of Quantitative Information is starting to look a bit dated.
It would be nice to have a collection of well-done data-based charts and graphs to use as reference and for brainstorming…. just a thought.

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