Three ways to annotate your graphs

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Article, published in March 2018. A 5-minute read.

‘Amanda Cox, the editor of the Upshot at the The New York Times, once said that, “The annotation layer is the most important thing we do…otherwise it’s a case of here it is, you go figure it out.”

In my experience, annotating a graph is one of those things that lots of people fail to consider, but it can be a vitally important step to help your reader better understand the context and your argument. It can also be important to simply help your reader understand how to read the graph.

In my view, there are three types of annotation we can include in our data visualizations, moving from simple to more complex: adding labels, creating active titles, and adding detail’.