Charting success; Picking Your Chart Type

Charts can be used to display all sorts of information in a colourful and eye-catching way, but it’s a thin line between giving succinct data and showing a confusing and unintelligible mess instead. There are many ways to mess up a graph, but starting it right will make it less likely that it will go awry later.

The most fundamental part of creating your chart is deciding upon what form it will take and that might depend on what data you are trying to show. If you get this wrong you’re likely to end up giving misleading information and just confusing people.