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.
Here’s our second post about visualizing data for the National Home Visiting Resource Center. Here’s our second post about visualizing data for the National Home Visiting Resource Center. It’s intimidating to sit in front of a blank screen and try to start developing your report, infographic, or dashboard from scratch. What data sources will you include? How will you analyze the data? What type of graph will best present your results?
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.
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.