Thursday, November 21, 2013

Extreme Pie Charts

 
For several years we've been creating infographics to help visualise different aspects of snowboarding. One thing we've almost entirely avoided using so far is the much maligned pie chart, described by this guy as, "easily the worst way to convey information ever developed in the history of data visualization". This week we challenge our fears and give this plucky little underdog a chance. And it's also a chance for you to win big by giving it a shot too, thanks to the team at Extreme Pie who have agreed to supply the prize. Sometimes this stuff just writes itself... 


Here's the prize that's up for grabs; a nice array of snowboard swag, either for yourself, or a way of getting Christmas done in one go:


And if that wasn't clear enough, here's how that looks in real life.


Here are the rules:
1. Create a snowboarding themed pie chart
2. Share it on the Facebook page
3. You've got two weeks to enter. The closing date is Thursday December 5th.
4. We'll select a winner
5. Stuff gets stuffed in the post
6. You win Christmas


To give you some inspiration here are a few we've created:

Earlier this season the guys at Whitelines posted up this video along with the claim "Is this the first circle rail success story?"






After 5 years of Illicit Snowboarding I thought it was about time we shared some information on what type of content people read the most on the site:


Not that I'm bitter or anything, but my recent post on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's theory of Flow I was so damn proud of, is setting records for the least read post on the site ever. What the hell is wrong with you?

Whatever



Just before that article on psychology we made a slightly more successful one on hipster snowboard logos

Hipster Pie Chart



And finally...
Ceci n'est pas une pipe chart


Acceptable pies include:
  • Interesting snowboard statistics.
  • Questionably accurate snowboard statistics.
  • Pie charts jokes (they exist).
  • Things that look like other things.
  • Because we're an equal opportunities blog we'll accept any sort of graph or charts, and we'll even accept Venn diagrams.
  • It doesn't have to look pretty; feel free to bang one out in something like Excel, PowerPoint or just scrawl it on a napkin.
  • Extra points if you can work something up with this photo from RadShot of Mike Knobel nose grabbing over a blank pie chart. 


Thanks to Extreme Pie and Blackleaf.com for the prizes. Here's our Facebook page for your entries. Good luck.


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