Chart Selection Basics

Chart Selection Basics Data Visualization is its own art form. But like any art form, the difference between novice and a master lies in having a deep understanding of the fundamentals. In this section, we will cover the basics of data visualization by looking at the mechanics and individual elements needed to visualize data. Having… Read more »

Charts Explained: Comparative Proportions

Comparative Proportions It shows evolution of variables over time, adjusting its shapes to the ranking of the variables at any given point in time. It is used as an alternative to to Line Charts and Area Chart. The three of them work with the same data layout, a “discrete temporal” variable in axis “X” and… Read more »

Charts Explained: Line chart

A type of chart that displays information as a series of data points called “markers” connected by straight segments. It is one of the most used charts and it’s similar to a scatterplot except that the measurement points are ordered and joined with straight line segments. What are Line Charts good for? It’s normally used… Read more »

Charts Explained: Word Clouds

Introduction Word clouds give you the ability to present textual data visually by positioning larger tags (i.e. words) most frequently used and the smaller tags by least frequently repeated. This creates a visual structure that allows your public to easily parse out the most frequently used words.  When to Use? These types of visual communication… Read more »

Chart of the Day: Radar Charts

Radar Charts Radar charts are ideal for when you are looking to compare many variables in a chart. By taking multivariate data, one is able to interpret the data graphically in a two-dimensional chat, typically with three or more quantitative variables. While the names of radar charts vary, from spider charts to star plots, from… Read more »

Tutorial: Working with Outputs

Introduction In this tutorial, we will show how to create an immersive data story experience for your user using outputs.  But what exactly are outputs? Think of outputs as links between charts in your data story. Whereas formulas give you the power to control your data, outputs give your audience the power to interact with data. This… Read more »

Finding the story in your Data: Part 1

We often tend to think that data as just numbers in a spreadsheet. But that is simply not the case. Data is much more than that. They are pieces of information that framed in the right way can leave a lasting impression on your audience. Whether you are looking to awe your audience, inspire, or… Read more »

Charts Explained: Heatmaps

Heat Map They plot geographical coordinates overlayed with a color spectrum to communicate density, based on a continuous variable linked to the coordinates. Althought the term is not universally used in the GIS world, (also known as “intensity maps”, “point density interpolation” or “hot spot maps”), it’s now the most used to refer to these… Read more »