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What should you use instead of pie charts?

What should you use instead of pie charts?

Pie charts are a controversial visual. If you like to use pie charts I recommend sticking to a minimal number of categories/slices. However, if you want to err on the side of caution, this blog has suggested five possible alternatives: donut, percentage bar, tree map, waffle, or simply adding labels to a bar chart.

How do you make a pie chart better?

How to make pie charts look better

  1. Don’t use more than five sections. Too many skinny slices are hard to read.
  2. Place the largest slices from “12” at the top (like on a clock) and work your way around the circle. Like this:
  3. Avoid comparing one pie chart to another.
  4. Don’t use 3-D pie charts.

Why do consultants hate pie charts?

The case against pie charts The basic premise is that pie charts are poor at communicating data. They take up more space and are harder to read than the alternatives. The brain’s not very good at comparing the size of angles and because there’s no scale, reading accurate values is difficult.

When should you use a donut chart?

Donut charts are used to show the proportions of categorical data, with the size of each piece representing the proportion of each category. A donut chart is created using a string field and a count of features, number, or rate/ratio field.

Why is bar graph better than pie chart?

In short, a pie chart can only be used if the sum of the individual parts add up to a meaningful whole, and is built for visualizing how each part contributes to that whole. Meanwhile, a bar chart can be used for a broader range of data types, not just for breaking down a whole into components.

How can I make my chart better?

  1. 9 Easy Steps To Make Great Charts.
  2. Prefer 2D graphics over 3D.
  3. Use white backgrounds.
  4. Organize content for the natural eye movement.
  5. Labels are better than gridlines and axes.
  6. Use pleasant colors.
  7. Use visual hierarchy to highlight the story.
  8. Use helper elements to catch the reader’s attention.

When should you use donut chart vs pie chart?

The pie graph gives a strong and immediate sense of overall proportions, whereas the donut graph leads the reader’s eye around the arcs of the circle – and tend to creates more of a narrative. One advantage of the donut graph is that additional information can be displayed at the graph’s center.

What is a donut chart?

What are the disadvantages of a pie chart?


  • do not easily reveal exact values.
  • Many pie charts may be needed to show changes over time.
  • fail to reveal key assumptions, causes, effects, or patterns.
  • be easily manipulated to yield false impressions.

What is a treemap chart good for?

A treemap chart provides a hierarchical view of your data and makes it easy to spot patterns, such as which items are a store’s best sellers. The tree branches are represented by rectangles and each sub-branch is shown as a smaller rectangle.

Why bar graphs are the best?

Bar graphs are an extremely effective visual to use in presentations and reports. They are popular because they allow the reader to recognize patterns or trends far more easily than looking at a table of numerical data.

How do I make my chart look professional?

How to Make Excel Graphs/Charts Look Professional & Cool

  1. Make sure to add a descriptive title.
  2. Remove all chart junk, clutter, and other distractions.
  3. Make sure that the graph chosen fits the actual data.
  4. Consistency when dealing with multiple charts on the same worksheet.
  5. Avoid 3D charts for the most part.

When to use bar charts instead of pie charts?

Chart Designs. Excel has 16 chart designs with several models in each design,plus a dozen or so styles,colors,and layouts for each model in each design.

  • Chart Structure. Before we tackle individual chart designs and models,it’s important to understand how charts are constructed.
  • Column&Bar charts.
  • Pie Charts.
  • Line Charts.
  • How to make better pie charts?

    Step#1: Format the one specific data point in your pie chart that you want to talk about.

  • Step#2: Combine all of the other categories into a single category.
  • Step#3: Add a title describing your highlighted portion. For example,taking the original pie chart we started with on the left,using the Rule of Two’s I might end
  • How to choose between a bar chart and pie chart?

    Pie Explosion detaches the slice from the primary chart and moves it closer to the secondary chart

  • Gap Width controls the distance between charts
  • Second Plot Size specifies the relative size of the second chart.
  • Should I choose a pie chart or a bar chart?

    So in brief summary of data presentation, if you want to compare combinations among neighbor components, you should better choose pie chart. Bar Charts and Pie Charts – Practical Examples For a Marketing Consumer Survey The list below show you three cases when pie charts are better than bar charts especially in a consumer survey. However, if your survey includes multiple choice questions, which means readers can pick more than one answer, then you should use bar chart to avoid misunderstanding.