Goodbye, X and Y

I’m a sucker for creative graphing. I have a hard time breaking out of the X-and-Y-axes paradigm too, but there are other — better — ways to represent information. This favorite, from The Economist‘s 2008 Christmas special, illustrates with precise elegance the downward spiral in world trade from 1929-33, which coincided with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill of 1930:

oh-dear

“The battle of Smoot-Hawley: A cautionary tale about how a protectionist measure opposed by all right-thinking people was passed”, The Economist, 20 December 2008.

Beautiful.

Maia

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