Visualizing Time: Beyond the Line Chart

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Learn three ways to expand your creative conversation with time data—beyond the line chart.

The line chart has a long history of success for visualizing time, but is it always the best way to explore time data? It depends.

For time-based data, the right chart is the one that reveals the most important insights for the audience at hand. Trying a different chart type may reveal hidden insights, unknown unknowns, or surface multiple truths in a single data set.

Continue reading to learn three ways to expand your creative conversation with time data—beyond the line chart.

  • The Slope Chart: From Start to Finish
  • The Cycle Plot: Trends and Seasonality
  • The Highlight Table: Finding patterns in color

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