For today's 'Chart of the day' we decided to look at Internet Explorer's market share. Everyone on our team has been developing for the web for years and remembers spending days wrestling with IE5 and IE6 but more recent versions can actually be quite pleasant to work with.
It's tempting to think that this graph shows just how frustrating Internet Explorer is to use. It's so annoying it drives people to murder. But of course, the graph is actually a good example of how correlation does not always mean there is a causal link. Internet Explorer usage has declined since 2006, and it just happens that the murder rate in the US has declined for different reasons.
Welcome to the very first ChartBlocks blog post.
We plan to use this space to give updates about new product features and updates but also to help everyone design better charts.
As Williard C. Brinton said back in 1914 in his book ‘Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts’:
Millions of dollars yearly are spent in the collection of data, with the fond expectation that the data will automatically cause the correction of the conditions studied. Though accurate data and real facts are valuable, when it comes to getting results the manner of presentation is ordinarily more important than the facts themselves. The foundation of an edifice is of vast importance. Still, it is not the foundation but the structure built upon the foundation which gives the result for which the whole work was planned. As the cathedral is to its foundation so is an effective presentation of facts to the data.
Over the coming months we will show you some of the best examples of data visualisation and offer insights into how you too can present your data like a professional.