Above all show the data

– If you want to fit the data into the shape of real-world objects, that’s not data visualization;
– If you use more than one dimension to represent a data point, that’s not data visualization;
– If your project breaks basic perception laws, that’s not data visualization;
– If there is a perceptually simpler way to represent the data, what you are doing is not data visualization;
– If you use color when color is not needed, that’s not data visualization;
– If you want to grab attention, that’s not data visualization;
– If you reject a chart type because the audience may not be familiar with it, that’s not data visualization;
– If your audience don’t know what the point of the chart is, that’s not data visualization;
Alphabetical sort is not data visualization;
– If your chart is nothing more than a glorified table, that’s not data visualization;
No variation, no data visualization;
– If a simple formula can be a better answer, there is not place for data visualization;
– If all you can do with a chart is to compare data points, that’s not data visualization;
– If you have three or fewer data points, that’s not data visualization;
– If you have to scroll, that’s not data visualization;
– If you have to compare slides, that’s not data visualization;

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