Graphs and charts allow us to break down complex numerical analysis into a visual for viewers to understand more easily.
Of course, you will still need to follow tried-and-tested methods of collecting data and analysing it. But there are a few web apps that will help you create beautiful graphical representations of this data with minimum fuss…
This website supports 12 chart types: bar, line, area, pie, XY, radar, scatter, bubble, polar bubble, meter, bar-line and pyramid.
Depending on your data structure and the information you need to convey, select the type of chart you require (the website has a bunch of examples to help you make your choice). Then, in the browser interface, key in your data, or import a CSV (comma-separated values) file; choose the font and colours you want, and finally, preview your creation.
If you like what you see, you can save and download your work as a CSV, JPG, PDF, PNG or SVG file. If you’re not satisfied, you can go back a step and make changes to your colours and graphics type until you are satisfied. This website lets you create a free account, so you can save your chart and its data to edit later.
This website only lets you create bar, line, pie and area charts. On the other hand, it has guides and videos that explain its user interface, as well as templates to help you choose the right type of chart for your data. Besides CSV, ChartGo also lets you import Excel files so you are spared the trouble of typing in your data all over again.
You can then proceed to choose the fonts and colours you want before you can download the chart as a PDF, PNG or SVG file. You can also use ChartGo to generate links to share your graph and embed on your web page. Now, while this website does not allow you to create an account, you can save the web link to your graph, so you can retrieve it at a later time to make changes.
Create a free account on this resource and you can choose between 12 styles of charts: pie, Venn, bar, histogram, multiple bar, scatter plot, line, area, spline, bar and pie, box and whisker and tally. The process of creating a chart is almost identical to what you get on Online Chart Tool, so it ultimately boils down to individual preference between the two, and perhaps a chart type that might not be available on the other.
Here, also, you can import a CSV file, but there is no option for Excel files. The site boasts of a user-friendly interface, but you do not get any tutorials or example files to get you started. When you’re done, you can save your file for later access, and download your graphic as a JPG, PDF, PNG or an SVG file.
Unlike the other services that are 100% free, Chartblocks comes with two paid plans: Professional and Elite. But you can start with a completely free plan that allows you to have up to 50 active charts, the option to save your charts as EPS, PDF, PNG and SVG, as well as the ability to make your charts private.
Chartblocks also boasts of the simplest user interface. It lets you import data from spreadsheets, databases, and even live feeds. You get a chart-building wizard to pick the right data for your chart, whether a bar, line, scatter or pie. It allows you to control almost every aspect of your chart with hundreds of customisation options, and you can choose to embed your chart on your website or share it on Facebook and Twitter. Before you get started, you might also want to check out its tutorial video.