The Art of Cheating When Drawing a Graph

(Extended Abstract)
  • Martin Wattenberg
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5849)


The prime directive of graph drawing is to depict a network faithfully and accurately. But sometimes it’s better to cheat. I will discuss a series of examples - both my own work and that of others - that involve discarding information, distorting the data, encouraging visual clutter, or even adding random noise. The benefits of breaking the rules can range from the scientific to the artistic.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Wattenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Visual Communication LabIBM Research 

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