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## About 3D chartsBack to the intro for graph design 3D-charts may look fancy, but they easily distort the truth
due to their display.
Now have a look at the underlying data: pie chart of four groups.xls (Excel, 31 KB). Draw your own conclusions. Here is a second example of the effects a 3D design can have. We show price indexes for gold and silver for a period of ten years, both in 2D and in 3D design. The first two graphs are made in SPSS, the third one in Excel. We leave the comments to the reader. Ask yourself the following questions:
## The moral of these examples## 3D is meant to impress, not to inform people(which of course is fine if being impressive is your goal with a graph.) |

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30-10-2012
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