If you’ve read this blog before, or heard me speak, then you know that designing data visualization makeovers is one of my favorite activities of all time. I love redesigning pie charts, in particular.
As I travel around giving data visualization workshops, I get to peek inside hundreds of attendees’ publications, slideshows, and spreadsheets (and then redesign them–the best part of my job). Here’s a before and after of a group’s (public-facing) research report.
Does your organization need to track how much money you’re making and spending? I see way too many Revenue and Expenses numbers gathering dust in hard-to-read pie charts. In this blog post, you’ll see how transforming your pie charts into a dashboard–built in good ol’ Microsoft Excel–can be more useful for your organization’s leaders.
A few weeks ago I was in Indianapolis with the juvenile detention alternatives initiative. This group wanted to graph: how many youth went to juvenile detention centers, by gender, and by quarter. I’ll walk you through how we did it.
Should you avoid pie charts? Pie charts and donut charts are okay in some circumstances–when they meet all seven of my pie chart rules. Here are pie chart guidelines to follow, plus a bunch of pie chart alternatives so you know what to use instead.