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Tables and charts

Showing complex information in a table or a chart makes it more eye-catching and easier to understand and digest. It can also help people to see patterns and trends. It adds colour to the data, if you will.

The following design principles will help you when creating your own bespoke tables and charts.

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Charts examples


Here are a few examples of some great tables used in printed materials:
















Here is an example of a table used on the university webite:




Ring/pie charts are good for making percentages easy to grasp at a glance.
















Bar charts are useful for comparing totals and showing changes over time.















Point charts are good for displaying more complex data and can also show changes over time.


Charts circles

Charts bar

Charts line