Charting Guidelines

Lines drawn in the chart plot area to ‘aid in the visual alignment of data’ are called grid lines. Charts can have either vertical grid lines or horizontal grid lines or both. Fig: Column chart with horizontal grid lines Fig: Bar chart with vertical grid lines Fig: Bubble chart with horizontal and vertical grid lines… Read More »

Some wise man once said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Very true, as data visualization does make it easier to absorb large amounts of information quickly. However, words play a crucial role too. How often do you encounter a data visualization without any text on it? This article talks about 5 text… Read More »

The Column chart and the Stacked Column chart both display data using rectangular bars where the length of the bar is proportional to the data value. However, in the Column chart, data values are displayed side-by-side whereas in the Stacked chart, they are stacked one over the other.

The Line and the Area chart  look very similar. They even facilitate the same kind of analysis yet they cannot be used interchangeably. A line chart connects discrete but continuous data points by using straight line segments. It is effective in facilitating trend analysis. An area chart does the same except that the area below… Read More »

Both the Bar and the Column charts display data using rectangular bars where the length of the bar is proportional to the data value. Both are used to compare two or more values. However, their difference lies in their orientation. A Bar chart is oriented horizontally whereas the Column chart is oriented vertically. Figure … Read More »

Imagine you have only 1 second (in real life scenarios, sometimes even less) to tell your story. How will you make your data visualization speak for itself? By making every aspect of your visualization count! Data Labels describe the value associated with the specific point on the chart axes. More than often, we ignore our… Read More »

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Your users are becoming busier by the day. Your charts are packing in more info, and are becoming denser by the day. As a result, if users need more than a few seconds to grasp the significance of the data plots, we've lost the game. We need to provide the meta information in a concise… Read More »