The simplest way to create and customize pie charts
Creating a pie chart is as simple as entering your data and choosing how you want your pie chart to look. Displayr makes it easy to customize your chart, including selecting the color palette, font, hover text, gaps, padding, and more.
Straightforward and interactive
Your pie chart can be as simple or as detailed as you want. Annotate it with text boxes, arrows and shapes to highlight interesting results for your viewers. Add explanations or more visualizations to the page to create your own impressive dashboard.
Make your pie chart in 3 easy steps
Follow the prompts to connect, type, or paste your data and create your pie chart. Next, add your other visualizations and text annotations.
Add some filters to make your report interactive and publish or export to PowerPoint or as a PDF with one click.
What is a pie chart?
Pie charts are one of the most enduring and classic ways of visualizing data. A pie chart is a circular graphic that is divided into slices to represent numerical proportions. The area of each slice of the pie chart is the quantity it represents in proportion to the total.
The big advantage of pie charts is that they tap into our instinctive ability to assess proportions when we look at things (as well as our instinctive love for pie or pizza). One of the earliest math lessons in school is in fractions using pie charts for a good reason.
Our brains are hardwired to be able to interpret pie charts which is why we can read watches and clocks that don’t have numbers written on them and easily tell who ate the most slices of pizza in proportion to the total. So, when it comes to communicating any kind of proportionality, think of creating pie charts!
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Don't limit yourself to just pie charts
Ready to create more stunning visualizations? In addition to using our pie chart maker, we've got a variety of other awesome ways to visualize your data.
Whether it’s histograms, line graphs, or radar charts, Displayr can help you transform your data into whatever story you want to tell!
And just like pie charts, you can customize colors, fonts, and sizes and have a play with Displayr’s cool features.
Even better, combine different graphs to create a truly impressive infographic or presentation. What are you waiting for?
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Pie chart FAQs
What is a pie chart?
A pie chart is a circular-shaped graph which is divided into slices to show the relative size of a proportion of a whole. They are often used to show different categories where each category is a ‘slice of the pie’ and the entire ‘pie’ represents 100% of a whole.
When should you use a pie chart?
You should use a pie chart when you have a whole amount that can be divided into several distinct parts. However, you should only use the pie chart if your main purpose or objective is to compare each part’s contribution as a proportion of the whole rather than just comparing values to each other.
Are pie charts bad?
Pie charts are commonly used for data visualization but have also been widely criticized. Pie charts can be a poor way to communicate data as people generally have a more difficult time in analyzing sections of a pie chart and the size of angles compared to reading the heights or lengths of a bar chart. It can also be hard to compare data across different pie charts.
They can also be difficult to read depending on the number of segments or slices of the pie. The more segments there are, the more colors are needed and the more difficult it becomes to fit labels in. Therefore, pie charts often require the use of legends.
That does not necessarily mean that pie charts are bad, simply that you need to decide if a pie chart is the right choice for your purpose and data.
Are pie charts useful?
Pie charts are useful when you want to emphasize the parts-to-whole relationship. The circular shape of pie charts efficiently communicates to the viewer that they are dealing with proportions of a whole. Pie charts can also be useful to show how different segments can combine together to be larger than another segment.
What type of data is used in a pie chart?
Pie charts use categorical or nominal data to show the parts-to-whole relationship. Pie charts should not be used to show continuous data. A common mistake with choosing a pie chart is using data that doesn’t fit a parts-to-whole comparison. This often happens when values are shown as percentages or proportions, but don’t add up to a whole.
How to create a pie chart in Displayr?
To use Displayr’s pie chart creator, you need to sign up first, confirm your email by clicking on the confirmation link that you’ll receive, and then follow the prompts to create your first pie chart.