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Not A Good Idea: This example shows a chart with different fonts and font sizes together with a harsh gridline that makes it distracting and disrupting. The design pulls the eye away from the information the chart is attempting to show.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Visual hierarchy

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September 15, 2014
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Chart Polish, Design Approaches

You may have read about CDL on our site and in the documentation and wondered what it is and stands for. Our Chart Definition Language or CDL is a collection of plain text parameters that describe a chart.

Not A Good Idea: Keeping the chart layout as vertical where the bars stand upright can be a problem if you have very long labels. As the example demonstrates below, the long labels overlap each other, get cut off and makes the chart hard to read.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – Long Labels

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August 12, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

Not A Good Idea: Adding excessive 3D depth on a chart will make it difficult to accurately read the true value. For example on this Combo chart, the bar value of Label 1 is 10 but at a quick glance the value appears to be 15 due to the depth angle of the bars.

Good and Not So Good Ideas of chart design – 3D Depth

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Date:
August 1, 2014
Category:
Chart Polish, Design Approaches

The summer heatwave is here in full force and the temperatures are soaring and we are back with an all new 2014 Summer Edition Chartline Newsletter! Find out what’s new by checking out the 2014 Summer Edition of our Chartline Newsletter here.

Chartline Newsletter – 2014 Summer Edition

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July 15, 2014
Category:
Chartline

You may have a requirement where you need to show the individual values of each segment in a stacked bar instead of the totals.

The CDL parameter StackLabel offers control over the display of the segment bar values and the value in the active label hover popups for stacked bar charts. Options allow for either the aggregate value of the stack or the individual stack segment value to be presented in the label.

Did you know that it’s possible to show a large dynamic text value in your KPI in place of a standard chart? Perhaps you may want to use a particular kind of KPI showing a large number display where a typical chart visualization is less important.

Chart shown as a Text KPI

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June 16, 2014
Category:
Design Approaches, KPIs, NetCharts Performance Dashboards

This month we will take a closer look at how the “Population Prospects” XY chart was put together.

Chart Of The Month: “Population Prospects”

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May 19, 2014
Category:
Design Approaches

We have dug ourselves out of the last of the snowstorms and we’re back with an all new 2014 Spring Edition Chartline Newsletter! Find out what’s new by checking out the new 2014 Spring Edition of our Chartline Newsletter here.

Chartline Newsletter – 2014 Spring Edition

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Date:
April 14, 2014
Category:
Chartline

Today I thought that I’d show you a different styling approach that uses a reverse color style. Basically the idea is to make everything on the chart that would normally be black to instead be white or a bright color. This includes switching the colors on grids, lines, bar borders, tic labels, and headers etc.

Using Reverse Colors

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March 17, 2014
Category:
Design Approaches