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Reality Inverted

Reuters graph implies the opposite of what’s really happening

Graphics — especially simple graphics— should take into account reader’s expectations, not require careful study to correctly interpret their meaning. This Reuters graph inverts the vertical axis, creating the impression that deaths went down when in fact deaths went up. This graph runs counter to a well established convention that y-values increase from the bottom to the top of a graph. Breaking convention produces a graph that seriously misleads. A redrawn version of the graph instantly delivers the correct impression.

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