I thought the above chart on the left was interesting, if not quite as effective as another chart might be. Most would have jumped to a pie chart, or maybe a stacked bar chart, but the WSJ today created a..."Dot Bar Graph"? I don't know what you'd call it, but it did take me a moment to figure it out as a reader. And then after I did figure it out, second guessed myself due to the removal of the %'s after 40%. (Were there only 27 women polled, I wondered?)
After a few moments, I realized that all the numbers (which are percentages) add up to 100%—something that is not so intuitive since the scale ends at 40%.
Perhaps they didn't want to do a bar graph (which is perfectly acceptable when all values add up to 100%) so as not to confuse things with the bar graph on the right?
So, in the end, it's "interesting" to me. But maybe a stacked bar chart or tree map would have been better?
I'll be speaking at the first ever Presenter's Network Meet and Greet, June 16th in New York City.
Come on down, have some drinks, meet some others and let's talk presentation!