Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pie: the Ultimate Communication Tool

Sssshhh. Listen carefully. Pie is talking to you. What is it saying? Is it the last piece of peach pie calling to you from the kitchen? Perhaps. The siren-song of pie is impossible to ignore. Listen closer. Pie has more that it wants to say.

Pie is an amazing creative outlet: a place to experiment, explore, and perfect skills. You can tell a lot about a person by the pie they bake. And if you can’t bake a pie, you can paint it. Pie can let others know how you feel about them. If someone bakes you a pie, you can be fairly certain that they love you.

And if that weren’t enough - pie can also illustrate concepts. That’s right. I’m talking about the Pie Chart. From Wikipedia:

A pie chart (or a circle graph) is a circular chart divided into sectors, illustrating relative magnitudes or frequencies or percents. In a pie chart, the arc length of each sector (and consequently its central angle and area), is proportional to the quantity it represents. Together, the sectors create a full disk. It is named for its resemblance to a pie which has been sliced.

Blah, blah, blah, clinical language, blah, blah. Let’s take a look at the pie chart in action. For those of you who have been RickRolled – a pie chart can help you understand what just happened to you.

If you seek more song clarity in pie form (as well as lesser, more inferior charts), why not check out the song chart pool on flickr.

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