Definitions

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  • n. unnecessary or distracting visual elements included in charts and graphs

Etymologies

chart +‎ junk (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is from a blog called chartjunk, which I am infinitely more interested in now that I've found it.

    xian's running monolog

  • Marshall described "chartjunk" as additional graphics not related to the data in a quest to make the chart more aesthetically pleasing.

    Emerson Process Experts

  • "chartjunk" that pretties up information without giving an understanding of why it's useful.

    GigaOM

  • They coach us towards bullet points, chartjunk, "meeting by template" and a thousand other "deaths by PowerPoint."

    Is PowerPoint good or evil?

  • But other times, the reader can be overwhelmed by too much irrelevant information or, in one of Mr. Tufte's favorite terms, "chartjunk."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Compare this with the depiction at chartjunk, which presents the same data, but this time with a scale that […]

    Freakonomics

  • Â chartjunk, based on each campaign's stated plans as analyzed by the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

    RVABlogs

  • These costs arise from the cognitive style characteristic of the standard default PowerPoint presentation; foreshortening of evidence and thought; low spacial resolution; an intensely hierarchical, single-path structure as the model for organising every type of content, breaking up narratives and data into slides and minimal fragments; rapid temporal sequencing of thin information rather than focused spacial analysis; conspicuous chartjunk and PowerPoint Phluff, branding of slides with logotypes, a preoccupation with format not content, incompetent designs for data graphics and tables, and a smirky commercialism that turns information into a sales pitch and presenters into marketeers.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • 21:43 If you want to see a breakdown of the differences in their tax plans, check out this chart. chartjunk.karmanaut.com/taxplans/ #

    Fog witch grip, shoulders and elbows

  • Your graph flunks the Tufte chartjunk test and is misleading (the failt is with iWork’s Numbers’ defaults, of course, but they can be overriden).

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  • Wikipedia sez: "a term for unnecessary or confusing visual elements in charts and graphs."

    May 5, 2007