Use smaller versions of the same chart type to compare across categories.
Tutorials and Guides
How to Make Small Multiples in Excel
Also known as trellis charts, lattice chart, or whatever you want to call them, the technique lets you compare several categories in one view.
How to Make Square Pie Charts in R
Instead of traditional pie charts that rely on angles and arc lengths to show parts of a whole, try this easier-to-read version.
How to Make Horizon Graphs in R
The relatively new and lesser known time series visualization can be useful if you know what you're looking at, and they take up a lot less space.
How to Make Interactive Linked Small Multiples
Small multiples are great, and the right interactions can make them even better. A primer and a how-to.
Small Maps and Grids
Maybe you want to make spatial comparisons over time or across categories. Organized small maps might do the trick.
How We Spent Our Time in 2020 Versus 2019
Our everyday routines changed over the past year, and with the 2020 American Time Use Survey, we can see by how much.
Drought in the Western United States
In what’s become a recurring theme almost every year, the western United States…
Climate normals mapped over time
Every decade the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases climate normals to provide…
Election night might take weeks
For The Washington Post, Ashlyn Still and Kevin Schaul charted how long it…
Timeline of California Wildfires
The wind was blowing smoke and ash from wildfires further up north from where I live. The sky turned an eerie orange. I wondered about past fires and made the chart below.
Restaurant Reopenings, a Comparison to Last Year
Restaurants are reopening for dining across the United States. Some states are doing it faster than others.
Curves for the 1918 flu pandemic
For National Geographic, Nina Strochlic and Riley D. Champine look back at the…
Where the Australia fires are burning
The New York Times zoomed in on southeastern Australia where the fires have…
The Most Gender-Switched Names in US History
We use some names mostly for boys and some mostly for girls, but then there is a small percentage that, over time, switched from one gender to another. Which names made the biggest switch?
The Demographics of Others
I think we can all benefit from knowing a little more about others these days. This is a glimpse of how different groups live.
Charting all the major California wildfires since 2000
Based on data from CAL FIRE, Erin Ross, for Axios, plotted California wildfires…
Divorce and Occupation
Some jobs tend towards higher divorce rates. Some towards lower. Salary also probably plays a role.