Figure construction

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Pig on the leash!, by Arek, Attribution-NonCommercial License

This post from Stefanie at APA Style Blog takes an amusing look at some of the mistakes people make when designing figures (that includes diagrams and graphs) for their academic paper. The seven issues she identifies are:

  1. Using different font styles and sizes
  2. Poor use of colour
  3. Using shadow and other text effects
  4. Including too much information
  5. Including figures for the sake of decoration
  6. Misrepresenting proportions
  7. Not using abbreviations when they would help
  8. Overusing abbreviations when they do not help

So its about finding a balance between letting your creativity loose and keeping it on a leash!

Check out Stefanie’s posting here
http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/12/figure-construction-resisting-the-urge-to-obscure.html

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