Some Excel Graphs for Your Viewing Pleasure


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This is a submission from Poker Here is what they have to say regarding their submission:

Let’s take a look at 2011 PokerStars SCOOP results and stats represented in this infographic. Although US players were not able to participate in this event there is a big increase in participation and amount of money earned by poker players from Nordic countries, Russia, France, Germany and the UK. See the increase of the number of entrants and countries participating this year as compared to last year. It’s obvious that the worldwide growth is a proof that online poker tournaments will continue on.

This may go without saying, but I unfortunately had to give this an F. Normally we would never post something like this, because this is clearly a series of charts made in Excel and not an infographic by any stretch of the imagination, but this submitter insisted that we post their graphs regardless of the negative review.

Charts and data are the basis of an infographic, yes, but the entire point on an infographic is to showcase the data in an eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing way. Infographics are meant to be the accessible, interesting, artistic alternative to sets of boring, bland Excel graphs like these. If they the data is not represented in an interesting way or in a way that tells a story, it is unlikely that anyone is going to voluntarily view these graphs. Remember, without a healthy combination of data visualization and thoughtful design, you cannot call your creation an infographic.


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