A symbol is used for each unit to place emphasis on individuals or objects.
Tutorials and Guides
How to Make a Tiled Bar Chart with D3.js
Show individual data points by splitting bars into smaller cells.
How to Make Unit Charts with Icon Images in R
Make the unit chart less abstract with icons that represent the data, or use this in place of a bar chart.
Percentage breakdowns of pandemic life
To broadly show how people have lived in the U.S. during these past…
False positives with prenatal tests for rare conditions
Sarah Kliff and Aatish Bhatia for NYT’s The Upshot look at the uncertainty…
How Much More Time We Spent at Home
We had to do more from home. Here's how much everything shifted by total minutes in a day.
Multiracial people counted in the census
Using unit charts, NPR shows the number of people who identify with each…
Stephen Curry’s record-setting month for shooting threes
Steph Curry has been on a tear as of late. In April he…
Domestic terrorism incidents plotted over time
The Washington Post (paywall) shows the recent rise in domestic terrorism incidents in…
Analysis of color names used with makeup
For The Pudding, Ofunne Amaka and Amber Thomas looked at shades, words, and…
Age generations in the U.S. Senate, over time
With this straightforward unit chart, wcd.fyi shows which generation each Senate member belonged…
Votes that won the presidency
Voter turnout this election was higher than it’s been in a long time,…
Who Makes More Money
Someone mentioned that $400,000+ per year was commonplace in American households. That seemed like an odd comment.
Millions of people experienced unhealthy air in 2020
NPR estimated how many people have experienced unhealthy air this year, largely in…
Redefining Old Age
What is old? When it comes to subjects like health care and retirement, we often think of old in fixed terms. But as people live longer, it's worth changing the definition.
Best Directors Who Were Not White Men
From 1928, the year of the first Academy Awards, to 2019, there have been 455 nominations for Best Director. Of those, 18 of them went to non-white men.
Scale of Australia bushfires shown with unit charts
Outside of Australia, it can be a challenge to get a grasp of…