Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I like camembert, but I don't like pie charts

Earlier today, while reading a brief NYT article on William Playfair and the genesis of pie charts (link), I learned a fun new fact: in France, pie charts are referred to as le camembert.

I suppose it's not so strange that the hard-to-read visual we named after a sweet circle dessert in English is described by a savory dessert in France. But I still find this wildly amusing (yes, I am a dork; I take no shame in that). So much so, in fact, that I almost didn't believe it at first. But a quick minute in Google Translate confirmed it for me:


Alas, if only pie charts were as effective of a visual as pies or cheese are as tasty desserts. (personal diatribe)

3 comments:

  1. This is hilarious!! Le camembert is the "La Royal with Cheese" of data visualization!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Cole! I attended your Storytelling with Data presentation today. Thank you for the tips and insight - you were beyond fantastic! As the Director of Development at a local non-profit, I have a burning question: when it comes to financial data in annual reports (namely Source of Funds and Use of Funds), what are some healthier alternatives to the dreaded pie chart...?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Another non-profiter here! So. Many. Pie Charts! In annual reports. It's painful.

      Delete