Make Your Charts Pop Even More with Highlights and Icons

We’ve added a few new features to make your data visualizations pop a little more.

Highlights

You can now “highlight” a single element on a chart—for example, one bar on a bar chart—so it stands out from the rest. (This feature is typically used on bar charts.)

The "Highlight" option is found in the Options menu, in "Choose Colors." Note that highlights are not available for all types of charts. 

The "Highlight" option is found in the Options menu, in "Choose Colors." Note that highlights are not available for all types of charts. 

To make the most effective use of this feature, we recommend choosing a bold, bright color for your highlight, and a bland or grayish color for the rest of your bars. You want your highlighted measure to stand out—not clash.

 

Custom Order

You can also now control the order the order in which the elements of your charts appear, beyond alphabetical or numerical order. There is now a “Custom Order” feature, found in the “Style” menu on charts.

Custom order lets you arrange the elements on a chart—like the demographic age ranges shown here—in any order you'd like. 

Custom order lets you arrange the elements on a chart—like the demographic age ranges shown here—in any order you'd like. 

Within the menu, simply click and drag the elements until they’re arranged in the order you want.

 

Icons

For single-measure charts, icons are a fun alternative to the standard “donut chart” showing percentages. We offer a wide variety of icons to liven up your visuals. They’ll fill in based on the percentage they represent.

Whimsical icons can take the place of "donut charts" for showing percentages. 

Whimsical icons can take the place of "donut charts" for showing percentages. 

We hope these new features help you enliven your data stories. As always, let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions for new features!

 

Cover photo by William Iven.