Useful junk?: the effects of visual embellishment on comprehension and memorability of charts

@article{Bateman2010UsefulJT,
  title={Useful junk?: the effects of visual embellishment on comprehension and memorability of charts},
  author={Scott Bateman and Regan Lee Mandryk and Carl Gutwin and Aaron Genest and David McDine and Christopher A. Brooks},
  journal={Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2010}
}
Guidelines for designing information charts (such as bar charts) often state that the presentation should reduce or remove 'chart junk' - visual embellishments that are not essential to understanding the data. In contrast, some popular chart designers wrap the presented data in detailed and elaborate imagery, raising the questions of whether this imagery is really as detrimental to understanding as has been proposed, and whether the visual embellishment may have other benefits. To investigate… 

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