Incredibly Bad Charts

Here is an incredibly bad chart in Bloomberg Businessweek of March 8, 2021 on page 32.

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If there were only more colors in the human-visible spectrum to distinguish between Taiwan and South Korea (both yellow in the chart) and Japan, Europe and Other (all grey in the chart) and China and U.S. (both purple in the chart).

The colors notwithstanding, can anyone make sense of this cart, like ascertain the market power of the U.S. chip manufacturers over time using this?

It is incredible to me how obtuse some charts are, even in world-class publications. Somebody spent time on making this and it didn’t down on them that they could use red, green, blue, brown, orange to supplement the colors?

Truly crappy design.

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