Lets Pimp a Gauge Chart [Chart Porn Friday]
Egil, one of our alert readers from Norway sent this to me in e-mail, which I swear, I am not making up – A Fancy Gauge Chart. See the e-mail and chart yourself.
The original gauge chart template behind Egil’s industrious effort caused enough debate among our community.
I think gauges are a poor way to visualize data, but I don’t completely shoot them down either. Gauges connect well with certain type of audience / situations – like kids, informal communications, conveying just one point etc. But it would be disastrous to have a gauge chart on your weekly dashboard to the CFO, no matter how industrial-like it is.
Download Egil’s version of the Gauge
Click here to download the fancy gauge chart template. Thanks Egil for your idea. I think it is pimptastic.
Anyways, here is a fun challenge:
Download the gauge, and pimp it in your style. Take a screenshot, upload it somewhere and link it here. I want to see how you would pimp it.
And if you are furious to see a gauge chart on this blog, remember, and I am not making this up either, today is Friday. Have fun folks.
PS: yes, I am HUGE fan of Dave Barry, and no, I am not making this up.
Added later: Just to be clear, I think Egil‘s implementation is pretty cool and shows what is possible with excel.
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