One of the most important steps in creating an effective and engaging data visualization is selecting the right chart type to showcase your data. With so many different charts and graphs to choose from, it can be challenging to make sure that you are choosing the best option to convey your message. Only certain types of charts will be appropriate, and it largely depends on if you are looking to present the distribution, relationship, composition, or comparison of your data. You will also need to consider the number of variables you want to show, as well as whether you are displaying values over a period of time or among items.
We’ve created this handy infographic to guide you through all of the chart types and categories you could want to use in your dashboard. Think of it as a cheat sheet for setting the stage for your data story!
Click below for an enlarged version of the infographic:Sources: Chart Suggestions – A Thought Starter, The Graphic Continuum, How to Choose the Best Chart For Your Data, Picking the Right Chart for Your Data
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Interested in learning more about the various types of charts? Check out our guide to the Top Charts & Graphs for Your Data.
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