A delightfully simple chart

As I was putting together last night’s post, I realized I had forgotten to write about this MacStories post from last week. It’s Graham Spencer’s writeup of what he found while digging into Apple’s Top Grossing charts in the App Store. The post contains several examples of a simple and elegant type of graph I seldom see.

And I do mean simple. Here’s one example:

MacStories Game Position

Image from MacStories.

It’s nothing more than a strip of alternating colors, but at a glance it gives you a sense of both the proportion and the distribution of games among the top 200 apps.

This isn’t the kind of chart that’ll draw attention from the web’s dataviz whiz kids—it doesn’t even use this week’s hot new JavaScript library! All it does is communicate directly and effectively. Thank you, Graham.