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 »

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 »

Create a Visual Data Mosaic with Quadrification

Quadrification is a chart type that displays data relative to size of your dataset in nested rectangles. This type of chart is similar to tree maps with some notable exceptions. Unlike tree maps, which are conducive to interactivity by “branching out” when selected, quadirifcation does not “branch out” upon selected. That said, quadrification is an… Read more »

Learn how to create beautiful visualizations using networks

Networks Networks are diagrams that are effective at showing intensity of relations among different nodes. Think of nodes as “links” which help establish the relation among properties. Unlike standard chart types, such as the bar chart, which is good for comparison, or line chart, which is good for showing progression over time, networks are effective… Read more »

Avoid these 3 Mistakes When Using Bar Charts

If you have used excel, chances are you are familiar with the bar chart. These types of visualization may seem boring to some but they are easy to use and above all, extremely effective in communicating information. These rectangular shapes are designed to parse out data in a clear way that could be understood by… Read more »

Charts Explained: Parallel Coordinates

Parallel Coordinates Parallel coordinates are extremely powerful for visualizing complex data. First used for interpreting census survey information, these types of chart date back as far as the 19th century. As demand for interpreting data grew, these visualization types took a more prominent role with the rise of computerized software in the 1960s and 70s…. Read more »