If you want to increase your technical writing engagement, then graphics are what you need! Graphics are helpful to give a fancy touch to the blog post and share lots of information with your readers in a small space.

The post is dedicated to graphics you can to visualize your data. So, stay with me. I am going to share some excellent graphics that you can use in your technical writing.

#1 Pie Chart

The pie chart is the most common graphic used in blog posts and various other fields. If you have some data and want to represent multiple portions, you can go to the pie chart.

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But the pie chart is not suitable if you want to compare too many categories, because with every additional category, the size of the slice decrease and can't provide the proper visibility to every class.

#2 Map

If you want to share data related to a location, then the map is the thing for you because it is very lengthy to explain in text and even harder for the readers to understand the information.

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The map provides the proper location to your readers without confusion. There are various plugins available that you can use to create a good map graphic.

#3 Heat Map

Heat map visualizes the graphical representation of the data using the colour code. In most cases, two colours are used (red and blue). Red indicates the top value, and blue indicates the low value.

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Businesses or organizations use them to visualize their sales and customers data.

Companies use visual heat maps to display data using colour shading rather than using figures and spreadsheets.

If you are looking for ways to visualize exact values, then the heat map is not for you. Go for the other one in the list.

#4 Bullet Graph

The bullet is helpful to compare the main category (primary) with another category. You can compare the primary class with the numbers of other varieties. Mainly used the company to visualize their performance this year with past years.

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In the presentation, it just looks opposite to column charts; the rectangular bars are placed along the x-axis (horizontal bar).

#5 Column Chart

Column charts are other ways to represent data effortlessly. It uses vertical rectangles and very suitable to shows the comparison between various categories.

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Generally, the x-axis (horizontal bar) shows different categories, and the y-axis (vertical bar) shows the different values of those categories.

#6 Scatter Plot

In the form of points on a rectangular coordinate scheme, the scatter plot displays two variables. The variable's value determines the point's location. We can infer the relationship between the two variables by analyzing the presence of the pieces of data.

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It takes a lot of data to make a scatter plot. Otherwise, the correlation is not apparent.

If you want to learn more about other graphics types of visualization for your technical writing, check out this fantastic course, " Technical Writing: Graphics for Software Documentation", created by JPDocu School of Technical Writing.

You'll get details about process graphics, architecture graphics, and infographics there. Also, you will learn which tools will help you to create infographics for your technical writing deliverables.


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