Entries by Diane Rich

Global Energy Consumption

Oil continues to be the top fuel source globally, but there are significant mix differences between regions as shown in this marimekko chart. While oil was the leading fuel source in North America, Europe, South & Central America and Africa, coal was at the top in Asia Pacific and natural gas led the way in […]

The right click menus in Mekko Graphics are blank. What happened?

If you're using Mekko Graphics and the drop down menus on the right click are blank, this is due to a compatibility issue with some versions of Office, including Office 365. To fix this in PowerPoint, select "Optimize for compatiblity" Under File > Options > General and then close PowerPoint. Restart your computer and the right […]

5 Ways to Enhance Your Charts

Mekko Graphics is loaded with features to help you make better charts in both PowerPoint and Excel. Here are 5 great ways to enhance your charts using some of our favorites. 1. Axis Break What is it? An axis break is a disruption in the continuity of values on either the y or x axis […]

Craft Beer Market Map

There are more than 5,200 craft breweries in the U.S. according to the 2016 Statistics Report released by the Brewers Association. This is more breweries than at any point in U.S. history. While craft breweries produced nearly 25M barrels, this represents just 12% of total beer industry volume in the U.S. The Western region has […]

The World's Highest-Paid Athletes

Forbes released its annual list this summer detailing the top earning athletes in the world. Basketball players dominated this year's list, claiming 8 of the top 25 spots. There is signifiant variability among them, however, in the percent of compensation driven by endorsements. While LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry all have above average endoresement […]

Can I make a stacked cluster bar chart?

A user recently asked how to combine the stacked bar and cluster bar types into a single chart. Here's the chart I created in response to that question. Here's how I created the chart: Step 1: I organized data from The Bureau of Economic Statistics for U.S. automotive industry sales for the first 3 months […]

Tennis Leaders by Surface

The French Open begins in just a few days and oddsmakers agree that Rafael Nadal is the favorite to win his 10th French Open title. Rafa is widely heralded as the king of clay, but how does his clay court dominance compare to the top players (based on winning percentage) on the other surfaces? Using […]