Excel in all its glory

Graphs can be nice things, presenting a lot of information in little space. However, they are frequently hideous. Excel is often to blame for this, converting tables of numbers into abominations of color and misrepresentations. Today, I tried to make a graph of average electricity use in Norwegian households over time. This is the default Excel gave me:

Ah! My eyes! My eyes!

Ah! My eyes! My eyes!

After a little work, it actually turned out a lot better:

Ah, that's better...

Ah, that's better...

Still, I think I’m getting some graph software to bypass the whole horrible mess that is Excel’s graph function…

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