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Plot design guidelines

Collection of tips from various sources.
  • 3D charts are not recommended (particularly bar series, ribbons, pie charts)
  • Pie charts are not recommended (difficult to compare values, bar charts are usually better)
  • General
    • Don't use a border around legends
    • Use only one font
    • Don't use a border (box) around the plot
  • Grid lines
    • Avoid dark/heavy gridlines
  • Ticks
    • Use TickStyle = Outside
    • Don't use minor tick marks
  • Category axes
    • Don't use tick marks
    • Don't use axis line on vertical category axes
    • Limit the number of subdivisions (not more than 5-6 bar series)
  • Bar series
    • Use a bar width around 50%
    • For histograms you could use a bar width of 100%

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Last edited Aug 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM by objo, version 1


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