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Is the Central Bureau of Statistics Creating Automated Graphs?

Thomas de Beus
Jun 23, 2017 · 2 min read

To me, it almost looks like there’s no human involved making the much-needed design decisions, so I decided to contact the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

I asked them about their process, and they answered that they use Highcharts for their graphs with a specific style guide. Most of the time the editors of the posts are responsible for the design of the charts.

I already redesigned one of their charts in this Data Visualisation Redesigned for the Better series. The CBS editors don’t seem to think a lot about how the information is communicated best in their charts. Or do they have limited design options when creating their graphs?

It’s up to you which one you find easier to understand.

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A CBS chart redesign from their post: Kwart minder nieuwbouw door woningcorporaties

This is part 7 of the series Data Visualisation Redesigned for the Better.

For more redesigns and other data journalism/visualisation related articles, go to my blog:

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Do you stumble upon a crappy graph? Please let me know! Cheers 🙂

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Colourful Facts

Explorations in the field of journalism, data visualisation and content creation. Email at: thomas@colourfulfacts.com

Thomas de Beus

Written by

Using #ddj 👨‍💻 to help tighten the gap between reality and peoples’ perception of reality to spark ⚡️ conscious citizenship 🏛 for a better shared future 🌍

Colourful Facts

Explorations in the field of journalism, data visualisation and content creation. Email at: thomas@colourfulfacts.com

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