Pixels or Pies?


According to Anil, there seems to be an trend of using pixels and grids to represent percentages rather than the traditional pie chart. There are some speculations on why – perhaps it’s a reflection of our digitized age? Or maybe it’s simple aesthetics – a rectangular chart gives you less dead/white space around your chart than a circle, so the article looks better? Text description of each region looks more neat with rectangular matrix compared to a juxtaposition against a circle?

Well there could be really any number of answers. The important thing is, is it better? Or perhaps a better way to ask – in what scenarios would grid charts be more effective, and when are they less so?

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