Verse 1 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Bars charts are almost always an excellent substitute for pie charts (image at bottom of post).

  1. With one glance, it is super-simple to compare values within and across all elements.
  2. Eliminates a ton of wasted visual energy to look back and forth across the pie charts.
  3. We need three colors instead of 17! and could use one since the sections are obvious.


Attend my webinars or caught me in the right mood?  Then you know The Tyranny of Pie Charts

I recently heard Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and was inspired to create this blog series.  He only lists five ways, so I’m doubling the ante.

These ideas are designed to equally inspire you to leave those pie charts.  EXCELSIOR!

This blog series launched on March 14, Pi Day.  Here’s the pie chart view that will receive of a healthy dose of criticism.


Posted in 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart, Best Practices, Big Data, Creativity, Dashboard, Strategy, Tableau Software, Visualization

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