One essential element of our charts and graphs rarely gets the attention it deserves: the legend.
Without a clear and thoughtfully-incorporated legend, viewers of our data communications will struggle to understand exactly what we’re presenting to them. Any additional effort an audience needs to devote to solving the mystery of “which data series is green?” or “what’s the difference between square data markers and circles?” is energy they won’t have to put towards grasping your visual’s important insights. A well-designed legend will remove that cognitive burden.
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