Displaying time-series data

10 January 2010

From time-to-time its necessary to display time-series data. I’ve always tended to use some form of line graph. But there are other ways. In 11 Ways to Visualize Changes Over Time, Nathan suggests aside from the line, one might use:

  • the scatter
  • the bar
  • the stacked bar
  • the area (I think Nathan skipped this one)
  • the stacked area
  • the bubble
  • the colour scale
  • the timeline
  • the everything
  • the animation

And in the comments there are a whole lot more suggested.

I was so interested in Nathan’s post, that I read more of his site. It’s good. Very good. So much so that I’ve subscribed to his RSS feed.