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When and How to Use Column Charts and Bar Charts (Stacked and Unstacked)

If pie charts are the placebos of the data visualization world, column charts and bar charts might just be Advil. When it comes to simple, effective data visualizations, they’re tried and true.

We’ve all been exposed to column and bar charts. There’s a graph, with an x and a y axis, just like on your old TI-84 calculator. On that graph there are at least two bars which, at a glance, immediately show you the relative positioning of data — it really is that simple.

These chart types are the bread and butter of rankings or comparisons, whether you’re looking to share election polling data, or need to visualize sales numbers over time. Read More…

By Craig Todd on November 25, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Pie Charts (Mostly The Cons Though)

This is the first post in a multi-part series on data visualizations.

Okay, so just between us, I’m not a great fan of pie charts. I almost never use them. There are just so many better ways to display data and communicate information that I typically advise customers against them. That said, people love their pie charts, so I wanted to share a few thoughts as to “the good, the bad and the ugly” of the pie. Read More…

By Craig Todd on August 3, 2016


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