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The following guidelines are picked up mostly from the books by Edward Tufte and Stephen Few.
- 3D projection is not recommended (particularly for bar series, ribbons, pie charts)
- Pie charts are not recommended (difficult to compare values, bar charts are usually better)
- Minimize the ratio ink/data
- Don’t use a border around legends
- Use only one font
- Don’t use a border (box) around the plot
- Avoid dark/heavy grid lines
- Use TickStyle = Outside
- Don’t use minor tick marks
- Don’t use tick marks
- Don’t use axis line on vertical category axes
- Limit the number of subdivisions (not more than 5-6 bar series)
- Use a bar width around 50%
- For histograms you could use a bar width of 100%