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Chart Types

Posts related to my documented research into the different charts types that I’ve discovered.

While I’m no longer updating the main page with new visualization methods, I’m still continuing to research into different chart types, which you can find in these posts below.


Chart Snapshot: Change Bar Charts

Exploring with examples this Bar Chart variation that’s useful for communicating change.

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Chart Snapshot: Bagplots

Looking at how Bagplots work, their usefulness, along with some examples.

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Chart Snapshot: Range Area Graphs

Examining the use of this ranged-focused variation of an Area Graph, along with examples.

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Chart Snapshot: Stepped Area Graphs (Singular & Stacked)

This variation of an Area Graph is used to emphasise comparisons more than the trends.

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Chart Snapshot: 100% Stacked Area Graphs

Here’s a way of visualising a part-to-a-whole relationship changing over time

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Chart Snapshot: Area Bands

Let’s look this graph enhancement that offers more detail and context to data changing over time.

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Chart Snapshot: Parliament Chart / Arc-Dot Chart + Examples

A chart for displaying the distribution of seats in a parliamentary government or election result.

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Chart Snapshot: Anchor Chart + Example

Exploring what’s known about this mysterious chart type from Japan’s past.

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Chart Snapshot: Alluvial Diagrams + Examples

The potential start of a new post series exploring new chart types in brief with examples.

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Selecting a Chart Based on the Number of Variables

Deciding on a chart is not as simple as identifying which can display the right number of variables, but it can be a helpful starting point.

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Japanese Contributions to Data Visualisation

Exploring some historical examples of Japanese data visualisation and the charts that were invented there.

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Sankey Diagrams, Parallel Sets & Alluvial Diagrams… What’s the Difference?

An attempt at clarifying their differences.

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Chart Selection Guide

Which chart type do I select to communicate a particular message and/or analyse the property of a dataset?

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Further Exploration #14: 3D Treemaps That Use Extrusion

Looking at projects that have used 3D Treemaps that use extrusion to visualise an additional variable.

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Further Exploration #13: 3D Treemap Spheres and Cylinders

Continuing on at exploring 3D Treemaps, this post takes a look at Treemaps that use spheres or cyclinders in their design.

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Further Exploration #12: 3D Treemap Cubes

Looking through 3D Treemaps that use a cube design, such as the Information Cube, the Treecube, and the Magic Treemap Cube.

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Chart Combinations: with Arc Diagrams

Here’s a list of different charts that can be combined with an Arc Diagram to display additional data.

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Further Exploration #11: Bar/Column Chart Variations

Looking at: Lollipop Chart, Triangle Bar Chart, Back-To-Back Bar Chart, Progressive Bar Chart, Waterfall Chart, Change Bar Chart, Pareto Chart and more.

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