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You don’t have to be a designer to create a graph that stands out.
Also, you don’t have to spend hours in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to insert and adjust data so that it can actually make sense.
So, how can you make a chart or graph without having any design skills?
This is what we’re going to cover in this guide.
Keep reading to find out.
The first step towards creating your custom graph is to open the Visme Graph Engine.
Find the Graph Engine inside the Data tab on the left-hand panel of your Visme editor. It’s available in new projects and existing projects.
Design Tip: If creating an infographic, add a new content block for your chart. If creating a presentation, add a new slide for your custom graph.
For a graph that needs to stand alone, simply open a new project or pick a graph template from the template library.
You don’t need to choose which graph you want to use until after you’ve input all your data. The Visme Graph Engine makes it easy to switch from one graph to another, and you only need to input the data once.
Below is a list of available graphs in the Graph Engine. Your custom graph could be any of these options. If you want to know more about each graph, skip ahead to the glossary at the bottom of the post before you continue with the tutorial.
There are three ways you can input the data for your custom graph into the Graph Engine.
The Visme Graph engine makes it easy to import a data set. If your data if on a Google Spreadsheet, first publish it to the web and then copy the link. Alternatively, download the spreadsheet as a CSV file and upload it.
Alternatively, if your data is in an Excel sheet, download the file as a XLSL or CSV file and upload it to the editor.
After inputting the data, it’s time to customize the chart to match the rest of your project. The first step is to color code the data.
In the data tab, click on a color and choose from your color palettes or the Visme palettes. Change the color of the background in the settings tab.
Also in the settings tab, customize the title, style, values, axes and legends. Choose the fonts, the position of the legend, their visibility, the prefixes and suffixes for the data values and the style of chart you want.
The settings tab is also where you choose to make your graph into a stacked chart. Every type of chart can be stacked.
Now that your graph is ready, add another level of customization with animation and interactivity. In the settings tab, choose a style of animation for how the custom graphs loads onto your project when it’s seen.
Additionally, choose whether or not you want to show a caption on hover.
You’re done! Now press “insert” to make the graph appear in your project. There are lots of things you can do with your graph, be it on its own or inside a larger project.
Share it with a live link or on social media by clicking on the ‘Share’ button. Embed it on your website or HTML email. Download it as an image or a PDF or as an interactive HTML file.
There’s a little known aspect of the Visme Graph Engine that takes your data to the next level. When you input Google Sheets data, that data has been published to the web.
This means if you want to share your graph online, the data can be live and can change along with the changes in the original datasheet. This is a great resource for a team that is analyzing progress or performance over time.
To achieve this, simply publish the chart or the project where the chart is included to the web. Click on the Share tab in the Visme editor, publish your custom graph to the web and share it with your team via a link.
The video below is another great resource to help you create a graph.
Below is a list of data visualization charts available inside your Visme editor. Review what each graph can be used to visualize to make a decision on which one to choose.
Bar graphs are a classic type of graph that visualizes amounts for a set of categories.
For example, how many donuts did each student eat in one month? The x-axis measures the amount of donuts and each bar along the y-axis is one student. Visually, bar graphs can be vertical or horizontal.
Use a bar chart if you need to show different measurements of a group of things. Visme bar graphs can also be created as multi level bar graphs in which a category is separated into parts. This can also be set to be a stacked chart.
Stacked charts are based on the regular bar graph but each category can be separated into parts. Using the same example from above, how many donuts each student ate is categorized into groups. Each color stack is a type of donut.
Use a stacked chart to show variable data about groups that can be separated into categories. To create a stacked chart with Visme, click on “enable stack” and choose between a regular view or a “100%” view.
The choice will depend on your data. For an irregular variable set of amounts, use the regular style. Alternatively, for a data set that demonstrates percentages that equal 100, use the “100%” view.
A histogram is visually a vertical bar chart, but it has a different purpose. A histogram visualizes the distribution of data over time or other numerical ranges.
The thing to remember about histograms is that your x-axis will always be a range of numbers instead of one fixed amount.
The x-axis shows time intervals or ranges and the y-axis shows frequencies or amounts. A good data set for a histogram is weather patterns, sales per day, or any type of information surrounding age ranges.
With Visme, you can create a histogram with the bar graph function. Simply input your ranges as the x-axis variables and add the frequency of things occurring to the y-axis, and you’ve turned your bar chart into a histogram.
A pie chart is another classic visualization used in all sorts of presentations, reports and proposals. Use a pie chart when you have to visualize amounts of data that are part of a whole. Each section of the chart represents a percentage of a full amount or concept.
For example – what percentage of your time is spent on social media, working or reading? Each category is a slice, and they all together equal 100% of your time. To make a pie graph with Visme, simply choose the pie graph option in the Graph Engine.
Additionally, you can choose to give the chart a 3D view.
A donut chart is essentially the same as a pie graph but with a hole inside. It displays the data in the same way. The upside of having that hole in the middle is that you can place information or titles there.
For both pie charts and donut charts, they work best with a small number of variables. When there are too many variables, the slices are difficult to read.
Line graphs are the kinds of graphs you regularly see on analytics platforms for Google and social media platforms.
These types of graphs visualize quantitative data along a specific span of time. A line graph can be separated into small categories to show the difference between them over the same amount of time.
Use a line graph to show an analysis over time of things like sales, clicks and other quantitative values that happen constantly and can be grouped at intervals.
Using the Visme Graph Engine to create a line graph is easy, and you can customize it to fit the rest of your design.
A stacked line graph is just like a line graph, but with a stacked design. To choose this option, simply click on the ‘stacked’ toggle in the settings tab when creating a line graph.
Pyramid charts are great for showing hierarchical data. The values don’t need to be part of a whole and can be of varying numerical values. It helps visualize levels of data; this could be levels of importance, levels of income or other hierarchical data.
When inputting the data, make sure it’s set up with the smallest value at the top of your graph and increasing downwards.
A funnel chart is essentially a pyramid chart upside down. It’s great for visualizing a customer’s journey inside your company, from that first contact to downloads to sales. A funnel chart, like a pyramid chart, can include varying value sets.
When inputting the data, make sure it’s set up with the highest value at the top of your graph and decreasing downwards.
A Mekko chart is similar to a stacked bar chart with an added bonus. The columns have different widths, adding another level of data. In a Mekko chart, the related variables inside the categories are more noticeable.
Keep in mind that this type of chart is not a good choice if you have too many variables as it can get messy fast.
Spider graphs are best kept simple with only a few variables in one or two categories.
This type of chart is good for visualizing performance. All variables start from the same center axis and radiate outwards at different levels.
Creating a custom graph is easy with Visme's graph maker. Our favorite feature of the graph maker is the way you can switch from graph to graph after inputting your data.
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