Often the default settings in graphing programs include too much extraneous graphic detail that can confuse readers and cause them to stop engaging with the report. Delete or minimize unnecessary graph elements, like gridlines and tick marks.
- Eliminating Chartjunk: This slideshow from Scott St. George of the University of Minnesota, highlights the need to eliminate unwanted elements from graphs and charts. Using a range of examples to demonstrate what not to do and how to keep statistical graphics simple and to the point.
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