Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – 3D Depth

August 1, 2014
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: Adding excessive 3D depth on a chart will make it difficult to accurately read the true value. For example on this Combo chart, the bar value of Label 1 is 10 but at a quick glance the value appears to be 15 due to the depth angle of the bars.


A Good Idea: A better alternative is to disable 3D depth and instead use Bar Highlights and Drop Shadow. This will simulate a softer and more natural depth effect which makes the chart readable and most importantly, accurate.



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