The donut chart. Often seen as just another version of a pie chart, the donut chart doesn’t often get much praise and recognition. And that’s fair. There are only a few very specific scenarios in which using a donut chart is the best way to visualize data. And, by the way, I recognize many people would argue there’s never a good time to use a donut chart.

However, today is National Donut Day, and if there was ever a day to let the donut chart take center stage this has got to be it.

So, Happy National Donut Day! Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about donut charts.

And for the record, I’d take a donut over a pie any day of the week.

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