Column chart

Column charts compare discrete amounts over time. Like bar charts, column charts show specific amounts—each column represents a clear end point.

  • Start at zero baseline.
  • Use light horizontal grid lines to help guide the eye across multiple columns.
  • Figure out what the most important aspect of the chart is, and call attention to that.
  • Choose logical increments.
  • Avoid placing labels on an angle. If labels don’t fit, try horizontal bars instead.
  • Don’t show more than 30 columns in a single chart.

Wondering if you’re using the right type of chart? See the side-by-side comparison.