Framework: DD016 – dd016_v01
Radar charts are not used very often, but they can be a good choice if there are only a few comparisons. When too many data "lines" are used, the chart is impossible to read easily. The series example is a fairly effective use of this type of chart. Column charts and line charts can also be used to convey the data, but there is no visual cycle aspect when using these charts.
Remember to use these charts only when interpretation of the data can be made quickly.
Part of series: DD016 Data-Driven Charts 016 – Radar Charts
Series Keywords: data-driven cycle, radar, nonlinear axis
Radar charts can be effective if only a few comparisons are being made. Radar charts with too many "lines" are useless because the information is too dense and quick and easy interpretations are impossible.
The series example does a good job of conveying distinctive, clear information using this chart type. Column and line charts can also be used to present this data, but there is not visual "cycle" aspect with these types of charts.
Consider matching these charts up with a circular flow. This combination of radar/circular flow charts might offer a polished and unique display for this type of message.
Key search words: data-driven cycle, radar, nonlinear axis