How to Choose the Right Data Visualization

Inside the Whitepaper:

  • 10 most common data visualizations explained
  • When to choose each type of graph or chart
  • Additional resources for further reading

Read this guide to find the most effective data visualization examples to incorporate into your dashboards today.


10 Useful Ways to Visualize Your Data (With Examples)

You’ve been avidly collecting data. You’ve figured out how to process it all and set up your formulas… but how do you transform those into powerful KPI dashboards and genuinely valuable data visualizations that bring your insights to life?

There’s an array of data visualization types, and which you choose for your data depends on what measurement you are trying to emphasize and what information you are trying to reveal. If you want to know when you should use a column chart versus a line chart – and yes, there’s a big difference – then this is the guide for you.

Here are 10 effective data visualization examples to incorporate into your dashboards today.

1. Indicator

What is It?

An indicator data visualization is a vivid way to present changes that you’re tracking in your data. Typically, this uses something like a gauge or a ticker to show which direction the numbers are heading in.

What Does It Visualize?

This allows you to display one or two numeric values. You can also add additional titles and a color-coded indicator icon, such as a green “up” arrow or a red “down” arrow to represent the value, and changes in this value, in the clearest way possible.

What Does It Measure?

Indicators are clear, simple ways to demonstrate how your organization is doing on a particular metric, and whether you’re heading in the right direction.

What Sources of Data Does It Use?

You can feed in just about any form of numerical data source, so long as you can continually refresh these numbers, so that the movement of the ticker / gauge / color coding is accurate.

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