New content, new design

A lot of new content has been added to ChartGuide and the look and feel of the website is redesigned. Two years after I started this project, I finally found the time to upgrade the website. So ChartGuide can help you better with choosing and designing the Perfect Chart. 

ChartGuide was build as a site where people could download the Chart poster I created for my data visualization classes. After two years focusing on improving the poster, now I finally found the time to change the website. This does not mean that the poster has reached it final state. No, the change of the website design is the start of much more, offline and online. More about that, further below. 

What's new?

The first thing you see, is the update of the look and feel of the website. The site has become more visual, with the use of many pictures and icons. As a result everything is now easier to find. That was necessary, because a lot of new content has been added and even more will be added in the future. The purpose of www.Chart.Guide is to extend the use of the poster. To give you more background to support your choices and therefore, help you choose and design the Perfect Chart. 

The site has now four main sections:

Your Poster

The main reason for people to visit ChartGuide is to download or buy the poster. That process is now easier. To celebrate the new website design, the poster was updated to version 3.5. Also new: people who subscribe for the free poster, will get a extra email after registration with instruction on how to use the poster. People who have registered in the past, did get the link to this section when they were informed about the update to poster version 3.5.

Choose a Chart

The choose a chart section contains now all charts that are on the poster. Each chart group has a more detail description about that chart group then just the single line on the poster. Including an instruction on how to choose a chart. 

 

Design a Chart

The poster contains nine tips on how to design a chart, explained in a sinlge sentence. Online in the “design a chart” section, you can find a more detailed explanation of all nine tips. Including a new ordering of these nine design tips. 

News

Although in the past the amount of news had been little, the news section was entirely redesigned. So that future news can be added in an appealing way and can be found easy. 

 

Coming next

Currently I am working on these next steps for ChartGuide. Register for the poster, or follow me on twitter or facebook to receive updates. 

– More on the “not recommended” charts. Why you should not use them and what charts you should use instead. 

– More information on the Choose a chart process. 

– The “Build a Chart” section will be added to the site, where will be explained how to build the charts.

Version 4.0 of the poster, that will include even more charts and design tips, and introduces a new chart group: Geography. 

Interactive Chart Chooser on the website.  

Everything to help you choose and design the Perfect Chart.

Happy charting,

Michiel Dullaert

Dataviz inspiration from Infoplus 2018 and IEEEvis

Inspirationtrip to both infoplus2018 and ieeevis2018.​

Recently I had a three day inspiration tip to both #infoplus2018 and #ieeevis2018.  I listened to many great talks and had inspiring conversations. Looking forward to apply all these new insights to chart.guide and improve the poster.

All talks at InformationPlus 2018 were filmed can be found online. If you are interested, check the of InformationPlus website.

InformationPlus 2018 website
http://informationplusconference.com

Talks from InformationPlus 2016 can be watched here:
http://informationplusconference.com/2016/

IEEEVIS website:
http://ieeevis.org/year/2018/welcome 

Celebrate International Chart Day with the new ChartGuide poster

At ChartGuide we celebrate International Chart Day  with releasing a new version of the ChartGuide Poster. Get your free version and celebrate with us by choosing and designing the perfect chart.

International Chart Day

Although it was not our idea of creating a special day, dedicated to charts, we are a big fan. The purpose of International Chart Day is:

Charts and other variations of information graphics have been around for hundreds of years, and are an important tool for making complex information easier to understand. However, not all charts are created equal: they can sometimes be too complicated or convey false and/or misleading information if not executed correctly.

On April 26, chart lovers will unite to celebrate the first-ever “International Chart Day,” an opportunity for the infographic creating community to engage the public by sharing their favorite examples, further explaining the history and value of charts, and sharing insight in to how to create high-quality, visually engaging, informative visualizations.

For more information on International Chartday, check https://www.internationalchartday.com/

ChartGuide Poster

Chart.Guide will help you to follow the 5 rules of International Chart Day. Celebrate with us and share our choosing and designing tips with your charting-friends.

1. Celebrate charts and infographics of all types;
2. Help the public understand how to read charts and gain useful insights from them;
3. Help chart makers of all levels understand the necessary components of a truthful chart;
4. Encourage the wider usage and adoption of charts;
5. Combat the spread of fake news by making the public smarter consumers of information.

To download or buy the poster, go to: www.chart.guide/poster.
If you downloaded an earlier version of the poster, you have received an email with an link to update to the new version.

Link to poster page

Happy International Chart Day.

 

Michiel Dullaert

 

Sneak preview of the new Chart.Guide Poster

Welcome to this sneak preview of the Chart.Guide poster, edition 3.0.

Two years ago, I designed a poster filled with charts to help my students in my datavisualization classes. It became a small succes.

One year ago, I founded www.Chart.Guide, because a lot of people asked for a downloadable version of the poster. At that time I also redesigned my poster into version 2.0. New chart were added and as a bonus I included some chart design tips. In one year over 150 big posters of this edition were printed and distributed. The small downloadable one was even a bigger success. More than 500 people all over the world are using it.

Today I received a big box from the printer with the third edition of the Chart.Guide Poster as you can see in the picture above this post. So I can present to you a sneak preview of the Chart.Guide Poster 3.0. With even more charts and design tips.

The coming day’s I’ll update www.Chart.Guide so the new poster is available for download and shipment to you. For now, you just have to enjoy this sneak preview. As soon as the site is updated, I’ll send out an email to all who downloaded the earlier versions, so they can download the new ChartGuide Poster for free.

Update November 5th: The new mini poster is online and ready for download. You just have to subscribe to the newsletter.