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Visualization Best Practices: Bar Charts vs Stacked Charts

By Jen Senwoo
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The bar chart is a standard chart that you probably see every day. However, when a bar chart becomes a stacked bar chart, not everyone reads them correctly – which can lead to incorrect analysis of your data.

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Stacked bar charts are great for showing totals, and in our latest best practice video, Logi’s resident UI / UX expert Mary Mahling helps clear up when to use bar charts and stacked bar charts in your dashboards.

Want to learn other best practices? Let us know what topics you’d like to hear about. And if you are interested in learning Logi product tips and tricks, check out other videos in our best practices series playlist.


Originally published August 19, 2016; updated on August 9th, 2017

About the Author

Jen Senwoo is the Director of Marketing Demand Generation at Logi Analytics, where she is responsible for developing content as well as creating and measuring integrated marketing/sales campaigns to support lead generation and opportunity goals for the organization. She has previously held marketing positions at American University, BroadSoft, and Chevy Chase Bank. Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Robert H Smith School of Business at University of Maryland College Park.