Remove to Improve (the data-ink ratio)

Remove to Improve (the data-ink ratio)

The next time you are trying to improve a chart, consider what you can take away rather than what you can add.

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Joey Cherdarchuk

August 20, 2013
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    French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Remove backgrounds
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Remove backgrounds
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Remove redundant labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods Remove redundant labels
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g Remove redundant labels
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Type of Food Calories per 100g Remove redundant labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove redundant labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove borders
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove borders
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove borders
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove borders
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Reduce colors
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Reduce colors
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove special effects
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove special effects
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove special effects
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove bolding
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove bolding
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Remove bolding
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten labels
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten lines
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten lines
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten lines
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Lighten lines
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Or remove lines
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Or remove lines
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Or remove lines
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    0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 French Fries

    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Or remove lines
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    Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Direct label
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    607 542 533 296 260 French Fries Potato Chips Bacon

    Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g Direct label
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    Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog Number of Calories Type of Food Calories per 100g for different foods French Fries Potato Chips Bacon Pizza Chili Dog
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    607 542 533 296 260 French Fries Potato Chips Bacon

    Pizza Chili Dog Calories per 100g After