Tag archive for Labels

How to Place Labels Directly Through Your Line Graph

How to Place Labels Directly Through Your Line Graph

I recently discussed four options for labeling line graphs. A personal favorite is to place the labels directly on top of the data points, like this: There’s been a lot of interest in this labeling technique, so here’s your step-by-step tutorial!   First, set up…

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Axis Labels, Numeric Labels, or Both? Line Graph Styles to Consider

Axis Labels, Numeric Labels, or Both? Line Graph Styles to Consider

Data visualization is more about strategic thinking than about following steadfast rules. Take a simple line graph, for example. How will you label your line graph? With vertical axis labels and light gray grid lines? With labels directly above or on top of the data…

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Be Careful with the Y-Axis…

Be Careful with the Y-Axis…

I was recently working with an organization to improve their graphs for an upcoming conference presentation. Notice anything funny about the height of these bars? The shortest bar, for 2012, represents 26,000 youth. But the tallest bar, for 2010, represents 27,000 youth. 26,000 and 27,000…

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Introducing the Data Visualization Checklist

Introducing the Data Visualization Checklist

This post has been a long time coming. Stephanie EvergreenĀ and I knew some time ago that evaluators and social scientists had a thirst for better graphs, a clear understanding of why better graphs were necessary, but they lacked efficient guidance on how, exactly, to make…

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