Discover how to think more strategically about your data. Learn how to pick the best visual display for the type of data you're working with—and your ultimate communication goals.
- [Bill] Welcome to Picking the Right Chart for Your Data. I'm Bill Shander, founder of Beehive Media, an information design and data visualization consultancy in Boston. Thanks for joining me for this course. I have to say, I hesitated to title this course picking the right chart because doing data visualization, well, it's really not at all about chart picking. That title makes it sound like you find a good chart, then you make it, which implies that there's always a chart for every purpose and that there's a library of choices to pick from, after which all your problems will be solved.
If you've seen some of my other courses, you know I don't believe this at all. However, in the end, when you're visualizing data, you often do end up using standard charts. So at some point, you do find yourself evaluating chart options and thinking about how to best display your data, sometimes using standard forms. This course will help you think about how to make decisions about different charts for different types of data, and more importantly, different communications goals. Alright, let's get to it.
- Determining what to focus on
- Reviewing the standard chart categories
- Bars and columns
- Line charts
- Pie charts
- Using cumulative charts
- Finding alternatives to the standards