Tutorials

Practical how-tos on how to make any chart and apply methods to your own data.

How to Draw and Use Polygons in R

R provides functions for basic shapes, but you can also draw your own for maximum fun.

How to Make an Animated Donut Chart in R

There are "better" ways to show proportions over time, but sometimes you just want an animated donut.

How to Make Bubble Clusters in R

Represent individual counts with grouped units to make data feel less abstract.

How to Make Cartograms in R

While the reshaped geography doesn't work all the time, the use of size to show data can be more intuitive in some cases.

How to Make a Line Chart with a Color Gradient in R

Use color to reinforce or add another layer of meaning to a regular line chart.

How to Make UpSet Plots in R, with ggplot2 and ggupset

A more readable alternative to Venn diagrams for when you have more than a few sets.

A Quick and Easy Way to Make Spiral Charts in R

Now that we've discovered another way to annoy chart snobs, here's how you can make your own spirals.

How to Make Frequency Trails in Excel

Also known as ridgelines, use the method to create a compact visualization where you can easily identify major patterns and outliers.

How to Make a Custom Stacked Area Chart in R

You could use a package, but then you couldn't customize every single element, and where's the fun in that?