A deep dive into… bar charts

A deep dive into… bar graphs | What makes a good bar graph? Read all about bar charts.

How does a bar chart work?

Shapes of bar charts

Proto bar graph discovered by Nicole Oresme and published in On the Latitude of Forms
Proto bar chart discovered by Nicole Oresme and published in On the Latitude of Forms
William Playfair’s bar chart in The Commercial and Political Atlas from 1785
William Playfair’s bar chart in The Commercial and Political Atlas from 1785
Column chart by Column Five Media
Column chart by Column Five Media
Alternative chart redesigned with the Datylon for Illustrator plug-in
Alternative chart redesigned with the Datylon for Illustrator plug-in
100% stacked bar chart created with Datylon for Illustrator plug-in.
100% stacked bar chart created with Datylon for Illustrator plug-in
Divergent bar graph created by Data Revalations
Divergent bar chart created by Data Revalations
Lollipop and bar graph recreated with Datylon for Illustrator plug-in, design by Jacqueline Nolis
Lollipop and bar chart recreated with Datylon for Illustrator plug-in, design by Jacqueline Nolis.
Radial bar chart created by Script & Seal together with Doubleday & Cartwright for Nike’s Summer of Fuelband program
Radial bar chart created by Script & Seal together with Doubleday & Cartwright for Nike’s Summer of Fuelband program

Creative bar charts

Example of a bar graph by Lauren Manning, fries were used instead of columns to communicate the French fry consumption by month.

3D bar charts: Deluding, Distracting and Difficult

3D bar chart by XueQiong Li
3D bar chart by XueQiong Li

Passing with flying colors

Bar graph by Simon Scarr
Bar chart by Simon Scarr

References

Further reading and resources

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