Data Visualization in Piktochart
This page will go through choosing the right chart to represent your data, and how you can add data visualisation and charts in your Piktochart infographics. Good news: All the charts are now available to both free and PRO users!
There are 14 charts at the moment with more coming soon!
Choosing the right chart
Now we know how to create charts in Piktochart easily, another thing to master is using the appropriate chart to best represent your data. The last thing you would want to happen is presenting a chart that confuses your audience, or the chart doesn’t make sense at all.
People use chart to represent data for various reasons, but most of the time it is use to:
- Comparing data between different variables e.g. sales of apples and pears for year 2014 using bar charts
- Display the trend, progress or transition e.g. number of users visiting your website for the past 6 weeks using line/area charts
- Composition of data that breaks down to different sections e.g. how many % of your budget was spent on research, operations, etc.
How to create a chart
In order to access the chart tool, double click on the existing chart on the infographic OR click on ‘Tools’ and then ‘Charts’.
After clicking on the ‘Charts’ button, a popup modal should open as in the picture below:
- Data goes to the table on the right side. You can import an excel sheet, or link it to your Google Spreadsheet via ‘Dynamic Data’
- You can switch charts design by clicking on different chart icons on the left. Some designs are only available based on different chart formats.
- Insert a chart title (optional) in the textbox on top.
Once you have input the data and chose your chart design, it’s time to customise it. Click on ‘Settings’ on the top right and you should see the following.
- General Settings allows you to show/hide legends, axis and grid (for bar/line charts), some settings are available for specific chart types only.
- Pick a Colour to make your charts look colourful, or standardise it to one colour for a more ‘professional’ feel.
- Other options are also available depending on the chart types. For this chart type – Gradient Hierarchy – you can change the triangle to a different shape like a bunny or a circle at the Choose the Shape section.
Let us know if you would like more chart types by writing to [email protected]