One Free Pie Chart

One Free Pie Chart

If I could, I’d ban pie charts. Not because they are inherently bad, but because most people don’t know the pie chart’s tiny range of acceptability. Here it is: Pie charts are ok if you don’t need the numbers on the wedges to get the story. That usually means you’ll be limited to very few slices. And you’ll need a great title. The largest slice starts at noon and the rest go in descending order, clockwise around the pie.

When I say these rules in my data visualization workshops, I see some people transcribe them in their notes, word for word. And I know these people are never, ever going to give up their pies. You probably have that colleague that just can’t quit the pie. Maybe its your boss and you hate to push back too much. Maybe its YOU.

So, just for you pie lovers, may I gift you with this pass for one pie chart:


I can respect a deep commitment, so have at it. But just once. One pie. One wacky pie chart among other really fantastic data visualizations will not hurt (too much).

Print this out and give it to your pie lover. Just right-click on the free pie card image, save it somewhere, and print.

10 thoughts on “One Free Pie Chart
  1. Tracey Weld says:

    You have me trained well – I cringe every time I see one!

  2. Rob Owens says:

    Robert Owens:
    LOVES pie. HATES pie charts.

  3. Olivia Jefferson says:

    If only I could send this to the culprit. LOL

  4. Diana H. says:

    I have been pie free for 754 days 14 hours and 2 minutes.

  5. Martha Brown says:

    I know I know. But I had two groups to represent – and the pie was simply, non-confusing, and right to the point. So does this offer have an expiration date? Have I used my quota, and nevermore shall I use another?

    • Stephanie Evergreen says:

      Excellent clarifying questions, Martha. You just now got the certificate, so your previous pies are absolved but you only get one from here on out.

  6. Kate says:

    I sent to my team! No response yet… 🙂
    (Stephanie- we met in Atlanta this year at AEA. I loved your presentations, especially the one on how to handle mistakes/difficulties. I still refer back to that presentation. Thank YOU!)

    • Stephanie Evergreen says:

      Aw thanks, Kate. I love how my talks about my professional failures get almost as much attention as my talks about data visualization and reporting.

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