Verse 2 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Treemaps are an attention-getting change of pace (compared to pie charts-image at bottom of post).

  1. Compact delivery of information using size and color — two powerful visual properties.
  2. Eliminates a ton of wasted visual energy to look back and forth across the pie charts.
  3. Downside can be limited space to see all labels (without just making the chart bigger).


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
One comment on “Verse 2 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart
  1. Kevin Taylor says:

    Lee…great blog series idea. I get that treemaps are getting a lot of hype and that they are an improvement over the pie chart(s)…but how much better? treemaps still rely on our ability to compare 2D surface space. For this, I think your “phase 1” bar chart nailed it. I feel the treemap gets valuable when you run out of real estate for bar charts or when you have a deep hierarchy to cluster. Cheers and happy St Paddy’s

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