I am satisfied with my final product. Without knowing the true meanings of the values, it is very difficult to discern what the actual trend is, even though the graph does not outright “lie” about anything. The color gradients are perhaps the most effective at misleading viewers, since they allow the entire image to imply a decreasing temperature trend. I don’t think there is much more I can do with the data itself, so if I had any additional time, I would have worked on the graph’s aesthetic appeal, or augmented this set with other similarly manipulated data to suggest decreasing global temperatures.
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