Data Visualization 101: Area Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Like the mountains that they resemble, area charts are a representation of change over time. Whether you’re looking to chart net earnings for individual departments month to month or examining the popularity of music genres since the ‘50s, there are few chart types that communicate time-series relationships so well. Let’s see how area charts can work for you.

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Data Visualization 101: Line Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Line charts are one of the oldest forms of data visualization, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re tracking the fluctuation of stock prices or the popularity of different wine varieties, they give you an accurate and quickly understandable assessment of the trend, acceleration, deceleration, and volatility of the data in question.

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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance.

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Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand presentation that helps readers instantly identify the parts of a whole. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the pie chart.

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5 Annual Reports that Absolutely Nail It

Just the thought of reading a company’s annual report is enough to make most eyes go blurry, but it doesn’t have to be so.

If designed well and presented in the right format, annual reports are an exceptional way to present company milestones from the previous year, as well as highlight company culture—without boring readers to death.

The best annual reports even do the seemingly impossible: engage investors and win loyal fans. And as more emphasis is placed on creative presentation, it’s fast becoming the latest format to benefit from good design. Here are 5 brands that nailed their annual reports.

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11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations

Presentations often receive a bad rap — for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations.

So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. While your speech may be perfect, the images you show can greatly add or detract from your message. Whether you’re using PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across.

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We Fell In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa [Interview]

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Southern California-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa explores the pangs, passions, and perils of platonic love in her charming comic I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You.  A story of an awkwardly-adorable monster yearning for non-romantic affection – in the form of inside jokes, special hang-out sessions, and late-night Facebook chats – Sakugawa’s comic captures a relational territory often considered ambiguous: the connection with and longing for platonic pals.

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Taking The Subway From New York to Chicago

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Heading home for the holidays? Maybe your folks live back in Brooklyn, or maybe they live out in the sticks. Just how far and where could you get if the NYC subway lines were laid end-to-end in one direction?

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The Enlightened Happy Hour: An Interactive Drink Guide

As more restaurants make their nutrition information available, patrons are becoming all too aware of the shocking calorie counts behind some of their favorite menu items. Gut-busting appetizers like Chili’s Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Chips (1,520 calories), Cheesecake Factory’s Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken (1,930 calories), or Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion (1,959 calories) are dangerously delicious.

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Our Newest Data + Design Project: Line Charts May!

We are happy to announce that the May contributions for the Data + Design Project are now up for your viewing pleasure! Each month we’ve been challenging a select and much appreciated group of designers to create something unique and interesting following some very simple rules. This month we challenged 4 talented folks to use the line chart to express an area of interest, and what they came up with is nothing short of superb: engaging designs ranging from analysis of deep sea exploration, New Zealand sheep, Argentine earthquakes and the confounding science of microwaving a tasty hot pocket… all represented by the humble line. For more on this fun project, or to see about being part of it, head to the main Data + Design page.

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