How to lie beautifully with FusionCharts

Gotta love those three-dimensional charts. They sure are shiny! Look at this:

FusionCharts graphs

FusionCharts graphs

This is a screenshot of FusionCharts graphs. But wait, on closer inspection: 5 and 7 are the same height? 6 is exactly twice as tall as 2?

Pseudo-three-dimensional charts are the bane of my existence. Tufte would definitely not approve. (If you don’t have The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, you should really get it and give it a read.)

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I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and lots of open-source software for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB. More about me.