Things to consider
Before you start arranging your raw data into colourful tables or creating nice looking charts there are a few key concepts you should think about first. If you don’t, your sheet can quickly become ineffective in displaying what you need to. It’s worth considering the following:
- Think about what types of data you’re working with and pick your charts accordingly. Text, dates, costs, percentages, or whatever values you’re dealing with will benefit more or less from certain chart types.
- What are you trying to communicate with your data visualisation? What trends or relationships do you want to highlight? Which elements do you want to compare? The end goal of what you want to display should inform how you arrange or visualise your data.
- Who is going to be viewing this data and what exactly do they need to see? Different colleagues within the company might want to see different trends from the same data.