BAR/AREA/LINE CHARTS AT A GLANCE

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BAR/AREA/LINE CHARTS AT A GLANCE

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The science of charting is a way of communicating information visually to people in an effective manner.  Each chart type presents information differently. When considering the type of chart to choose, you need to understand the advantages of each type of chart and think about the data you plan to present. Understanding the advantages of each chart type will help you leverage your data and present it clearly and effectively.

Below is an overview of the different bar/area/line chart types supported by Mekko Graphics.  A comprehensive slide deck is also available for download, which displays working examples of every chart type supported.

To see a sample presentation with an example of each chart type, click here.

A. MARIMEKKO

Variable width 100% stacked bar. Segment height is the segment value as a % of the bar total and bar width is the bar total as a % of the grand total. Examples: Sales by customer and region, Profits by product and division, Customers by competitor and country.

 

B. BAR-MEKKO

Variable width stacked bar. Segment height is the absolute segment value and bar width is the bar total as a % of the total for all bars in the series. The bar width is typically a volume measure that helps explain the impact of the primary variable. Use a data row to display the bar width series to help explain the chart. Example: Product profitability with gross margin on the Y axis and sales on the X axis.

 

C. WATERFALL

Shows how each bar contributes to the total and each bar is shown in relationship to the other bars. Set any bar as a total bar by right clicking on the bar in the data sheet and selecting "Set Bar as Total". Example: Each cost component that contributes to total cost.

 

E. CLUSTER BAR

Shows values for multiple series and cluster bars together for comparison while adding a line to show an overall trend in another variable. You can choose to plot the line on the Y or 2Y axis by right clicking on the series name in the data sheet or selecting Bars and Series from the Edit Chart ribbon.

 

STACKED BAR

Shows the segment relationship to the total while adding a line to show the overall trend for another series. You can plot a line on either the Y or 2Y axis by right clicking on the series name in the data sheet or using Format Bars and Series from the Edit Chart ribbon. Example: Average Revenue per User with a line showing margin % on the 2Y axis. You may also cluster bars together for comparison purposes.
 

100% STACKED BAR

Shows each segment in a series as a % of the bar total. Use segment links to highlight changes in segment values across bars.
 

AREA

Shows the change for each series over time and the relationship of the series to the total. Highlights absolute and relative changes.

 

100% AREA

Shows the change for each series over time as a % of the total. Highlights relative changes. Example: Product sales over time.

 

LINE

Plots series of data points relative to the Y axis at equal time intervals on the X axis for the purposes of trend analysis.  A Line chart plots series of data points relative to the Y axis at equal time intervals on the X axis for the purposes of trend analysis. The user can choose a series to plot as a 2nd Y axis.

 

PIE CHART

A pie chart shows the size of items that make up a data series proportional to the sum of the items. Pie charts always show only one data series and consist of a circle divided into wedged segments.  It shows the relative sizes of components to one another and to the whole pie.