You must have come across charts that are overloaded and you find them a pain to read. Yes these are charts that look quite pretty initially but they are read and interpreted, they become unbearable. So how to make your chart more readable and still more informative is the topic of this post. We will share with you five simple tips that will help you create better chart that looks better and also reads better.
Avoid Grid Lines
If you are doing a bar chart, there is no need for vertical lines! Even horizontal lines can be avoided if the data can be read for the values on axis. If not you may consider to keep them. You may also consider using light color or various tones of gray to serve the purpose. See which one looks better!
Avoid Shocking Colors in Charts
The default colors of charts might not be best colors to use. Try using colors that have harmony within them and pastel shades so that readers fells comfortable when reading your reports. You can also use variation of tones within a single color to make your charts more professional.
Use appropriate Units to represent the data
You may have data with very large or very small numbers. With financial data, it is very common to have data in million and billion of dollars so be consistent with the units and take up a suitable unit to present the figures. Too larger or too small figures can be troublesome in reading and understanding.
Additional, if you are targeting an audience that can understand science type of charts you can consider using log-scales to plot wide range of values.
Avoid Cluttering Charts
Avoid overloading charts with too much data. It is not always necessary to put every bit of information in to a single chart. Divide your data into meaningful segments and present it accordingly. Remember that purpose of a good chart is to help understand data not to put every thing in a single chart.