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.

Column chart

The column chart is ideal to show developments over time and works best with a minimal number of data points.

Line graph

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.

Shut up about the y-axis. It shouldn’t always start at zero.

Pie chart

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.

Tool for map colors

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