Analysis from Pew Research Center suggests that, overall, only 63 per cent of American adults can correctly interpret a scatter plot, a relatively common type of chart for showing the relationship between two variables. The figure was higher (79 per cent) for college graduates, but only half of those with a high school education or less could read the chart correctly.
To address the missing link in chart education, Mr Schwabish has worked with designer Severino Ribecca to produce the Graphic Continuum. He describes it as a “thought starter” for developing ideas that result in better charts: “It’s an answer to the common question ‘what graph should I make with these data?’”. By introducing a much wider range of charts than many people are familiar with (nearly 90), the Graphic Continuum also helps to guard against xenographphobia, a term used by the journalist Maarten Lambrechts to describe a fear of unusual graphics.
Source: Financial Times