The old standby. The classic. The bar height or length represents data. The baseline starts at zero.
Tutorials and Guides
How to Make Marimekko Charts in Excel
Marimekko charts, or mosaic plots, allow you to compare categories over two quantitative variables.
Variable Width is Back (The Process 102)
This past month an old chart type poked its head out from behind the trees and I'm here for it.
How to Make a Customized Excess Mortality Chart in Excel
Show current evolution against expected historical variability and add one or more series that could account for the difference.
A Better Chart, Limitations Considered: Exit Poll Results (The Process #77)
Welcome to a new segment where I try to put myself in the shoes of someone who made a bad chart and try to make it better.
Moratorium On Bar Chart Races; When Impractical Visualization is More Practical (The Process #68)
The dataisbeautiful subreddit announced a moratorium on the ever popular bar chart race. The frequency of submissions that used the method got out of hand and spam made it all the less savory. Still, the method holds value.
Where We Find Meaning in the Everyday
Meaningfulness scores from the American Time Use Survey provide a hint of what we value.
When Americans Had Intercourse with Opposite Sex for the First Time
The National Survey of Family Growth, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asks participants about their birth and relationship history.
Commonness of Divorce in America
I wondered how common it is for someone to get a divorce. While I’ve touched on the topic before, I’ve never calculated it directly, so I gave it a go.
How Much Time We Spend Alone and With Others
Oftentimes what we're doing isn't so important as who we're spending our time with.
Who We Spend Time with as We Get Older
In high school, we spend most of our days with friends and immediate family. But then we get jobs, start a family, retire, and there's a shift in who we spend our days with.
Social Media Usage by Age
Here's the breakdown by age for American adults in 2021, based on data from the Pew Research Center.
Who Takes Care of the Kids, By Household Income
Higher income usually means more childcare, and lower income usually means less.
Fashion industry’s environmental impact
For Bloomberg, Rachael Dottle and Jackie Gu look at the current state of…
Distribution of snowfall estimates to show uncertainty
For NYT’s The Upshot, Aatish Bhatia, Josh Katz and Margot Sanger-Katz show the…
Settling all the internet debates in one go with a bunch of polling
The internet was once this fun place where people had goofy debates about…
Most Common Daily Routines
We all have our routines, but from person-to-person, the daily schedule changes a lot depending on your responsibilities.
Job growth was underestimated
Andrew Van Dam for The Washington Post used a bar chart with corrections…
Drought extent by region
For Scientific American, Cédric Scherer and Georgios Karamanis charted drought extent by region…
NBA carry jobs
With professional basketball, we often hear about carry jobs. There’s one star player…
Decline of U.S. vaccination rate compared against Europe’s
Elian Peltier and Josh Holder for The New York Times highlight the vaccination…