Chart Doctor Started 9/30/06
I started my Chart Doctor feature at ProcessTrends.Com way back on 9/30/06:
Chart Doctor – This new page presents examples of published charts that have been improved/ enhanced with the use of Cleveland/ Tufte data visualization principles and Excel charting techniques presented in this site.
I got the idea for this page from Kaiser Fung’s Junk_Charts.com site, one of my favorite data visualization sites. Kaiser clips interesting charts/graphs from publications and critiques them from a data visualization standpoint, often presenting one or more alternative ways to display the data more effectively.
Borrowing Junk_charts.com‘s approach, from time to time, I will present a published chart, diagnose it’s data visualization health and produce an Excel version. Readers are encouraged to perform their own surgery on my chart. I’ll be happy to post any effective chart surgery results that readers submit.
I gave full credit for the idea to Kaiser Fung.
Who Are These New Chart Doctors
This comes as quit a surprise. I started the feature 21 months earlier with full credit to Kaiser Fung as the source of my idea. Chandoo and Jon got the same idea 21 months later, apparently without any inspiration from Kaiser’s JunkChart site or my Excel Chart Doctor page.
I wrote a comment to Chandoo pointing out my Chart Doctor page and asking for an explanation. No response yet.
Original Chart Doctor Statistics
I am proud of my ProcessTrends.com site. I get about 20,000 unique visitors each month and I’ve had 77,000 downloads of 83 different Excel workbook solutions in the past year.
I’ve had a little over 34,000 visitors to my Chart Doctor page in the past year.
I encourage Chandoo and Jon to pursue their plans, I just ask that they use another name. Here are a few possibilities:
- Medical Theme:
- Chart Hospital
- Chart Clinic
- Chart Therapy
- Chart Nurse
- Chart Physician
- Chart Surgeon
- Chart Veterinarian
- Other Themes
- Chart Master
- Chart Guru
- Chart Rehabilitation
- Chart Rehab
- Chart Overhaul
- Chart Redo
- Chart Handyman
It’s clear that Chandoo and Jon have 100′s of other name possibilities. Why pick on my name?
Can you offer any suggestions to Chandoo and Jon?
Readers, I need your advice. Is this a big deal or just a little nothing? Should I laugh and forget about it or complain to Chandoo and Jon?
Please give me your thoughts on this. As a small time blogger, I don’t have any advertising and I don’t run boot camps or Excel MVP training classes in Atlantic City. All I have is my work which I provide to other Excel and R users. All I ask in return is a little respect and credit if someone uses my ideas or work.
Should I chalk this up to another Excel Deja Vu All over Again or is it something more? What do you think?