Using scientific research to discover, invent, analyze and rank all possible chart types

Charts = Visual Cues

A pie chart displays values using angle.

And a bar chart shows value with length.

Basis for Comparison

All charts are composed of a relatively small set of visual cues, but certain visual cues are easier to interpret than others.

For example, values shown with length are more easy to read than those shown with angle.

This we call this "Interpretability" and it lets us give rankings to all charts types.


Hybrid Charts: Beyond One Visual Cue

Different visual cues can be combined in creative ways to create hybrid chart types.

Using the small pallete of visual cues available, many variations of charts can be invented.

Below are some examples using both angle and length to display values.

The Number Picture Book

From the small pallete of visual cues we have compiled over 450 types of charts.

All charts are ranked according to interpretability and explained in detail.

The charts are accompanied by gemoetric formulae and aids for selecting the correct one.

To learn more about the project visit the About page.

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Next: Gallery

Explore a selection of the charts from the book in the Gallery.