ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Seeing the Rupee crunch: Chart or Table?

Today's Kuensel article "Wholesalers see the silver lining" discussed the surge in sales by the Food Corporation of Bhutan following the Rupee Crunch. Here's the table they provided for comparing FCB's sales volume and amounts in March 2011 compared to March 2012. Try to figure out which food product saw the largest increase in sales? in volume? And the lowest?

Image from Kuensel newspaper, April 21, 2012

Let's try a chart of the same data. Again, let's try to figure out which food product saw the largest increase in sales? in volume? And the lowest? 

In this case, a chart is more suited for telling the story than a table. Why is that? When would a table be better? And what are best practices of presenting data in a table? We'll discuss all these and more in the upcoming two-day workshop Effective Data Presentation.

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