This week’s post is a brief and uneventful break from all the digital BS we wade through every day lately. It comes from
the Upside Down a published source, a magazine for structural engineers, who apparently read with mirrors while standing on their head. Behold, the Boring Spacing Trends chart!
At first glance, the years being at the top instead of the bottom seems odd, but that doesn’t really change the meaning or readability of the chart. The other axis is actually the problem. The numbers get larger going down instead of vice versa, making the overall trend seem to be moving steadily downward when the opposite is the case: boring spacing has increased over time.
That this easily misunderstood chart is part of a “Common Misunderstandings” article is unfortunately ironic, yet even that can’t save the chart from living up to its name: boring.