Choose the right chart
While one story is displayed clearly in a line graph, the other story asks for a map. You will explore possible visualisations in this lesson, based on the story you want to share.
Duration of this lesson: 75 seconds
Horizontal bar chart
The horizontal bar chart is pre-eminently suited to display a ranking. The values can easily be compared on the basis of the length of the bars.
The column chart is ideal to show developments over time and works best with a minimal number of data points.
A line graph is just like the column chart most suitable for displaying trends. In most cases, you will want to start the y-axis at zero to prevent a distorted graph, but there are exceptions.
Pie charts and stacked bar charts show proportions. Make sure all values add up to a logical total value. When you want to compare values, choose a bar chart.
Maps can be used to show geographical patterns. In the previous lesson, we show you which regional divisons LocalFocus offers.