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Chart design

We talk through a few tips & tricks that I use when designing charts.

Chart design#

Now that you understand these basics, you have the tools you need to make effective and intuitive charts. Once you've decided on the what and the how, here are some tips for keeping those charts easy to read.

Simplify, simplify, simplify#

Many chart libraries will include default styles in order to satisfy as many use cases as possible. This can create charts with more elements than are necessary. Fortunately, we don't need to rely on a library and can strip away as much as possible.

After you finish creating a chart, give it a critical look and ask yourself, "Is everything on here necessary?" If the answer is no, remove the cruft! No need to overwhelm your reader.

 

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