Great examples of graphs for every need.
Graphs and charts are a staple in businesses, educational fields and in the day-to-day operations of organisations worldwide. They help to visualise data, making it easier to identify and understand trends, anomalies and other patterns.
This article covers the most commonly used data visualisations and explores how you can create charts and graphs with Adobe Express. Use templates to help build beautiful data visualisations using Venn diagrams, bar charts, line graphs, flow charts, pie charts, and more!
Learn different types of graphs and their names.
Graphs and charts are excellent ways to showcase data and emphasise certain data points or findings. Before choosing the right data visualisation tool for your project, let’s first look at the most common examples of graphs and charts.
A bar chart uses rectangular bars to represent data. Each bar’s length is proportional to the values that it represents, making it easy to compare different values.
A line chart displays data points that are connected by straight lines. This chart is great for showing trends such as a trend over a period of time.
A pie chart shows data using a circle that is divided into slices. Each slice represents the proportion of each category in the context of all the data. This is great for showing values that make up parts of a whole.
A comparative chart visually displays multiple items in a comparative way, making it easy to compare sets of items or linked categories. Create your own comparative chart to identify trends, similarities and differences in your data.
A Gantt chart depicts project schedules by displaying individual or groups of tasks over a time period. This is a great chart for project management and general planning purposes.
A Venn diagram uses circles to visually represent relationships between different data sets. The circles signify their own data value and overlap in certain regions to illustrate commonalities or differences between data groups.
A flow chart visually represents a sequence of steps that can be found in a process or a system, depicting the sequences using shapes and arrows. Flow charts are great for illustrating the flow of actions or information and simplifying complex processes for easy understanding.
Make the most of your data with this guide to visual communication from Adobe Express.
The most useful graph types in statistics.
These are the five commonly used graphs in statistics that are perfect for effectively visualising and communicating patterns and key characteristics in data.
Histograms help with understanding of the shape, spread and central tendency of your data. The distribution of a continuous dataset is visually illustrated, and the dataset is divided into “bins” with each bin representing the frequency of observations.
Bar charts are ideal for visualising the count, frequency and proportion of items in different categories. Use Adobe Express to create your own bar chart.
A scatter plot can display individual data points across a two-dimensional graph. This allows it to illustrate relationships between two variables. Scatter plots are widely used for identifying trends, correlations and patterns in data.
A box-and-whisker plot, also called a boxplot, is great for comparing distributions of data and identifying outliers, which might indicate abnormal, unusual or anomalous data.
To help identify trends or changes, line charts connect data points using straight lines, making it easy to quickly spot patterns in data. They are especially useful when comparing data collected at different points in time.
Check out these examples of data visualisation and learn how to use charts to bring your data to life with Adobe Express.
Common types of graphs and charts in the UK.
Of all types of graphs and charts in statistics, these are the most popular ones for use in business and education settings in the UK.
Line charts for financial trends
Financial teams in businesses regularly use line charts to track financial trends over time. This is a great way of visualising revenue growth, profit margins and stock prices.
Pie charts for budget allocations
Pie charts offer an excellent method of visualising budget distributions across entire companies and within departments.
Histograms for grade distributions
Histograms are regularly used to visualise the distribution of student grades. Histograms showcase insights into overall performance and identify central tendency as well as variation of grades.
Gantt charts for project scheduling
Gantt charts are very common in project management contexts as they allow entire project schedules to be planned across a visual timeline. Gantt charts clearly map dependencies and help to prevent delays in project delivery.
No matter what project you’re working on, you can use Adobe Express to create a chart to help visualise your data.
Which types of charts are best for comparing numerical values?
If you’ve ever wondered which types of charts provide the best visual display of relationships between numeric variables, these are the top six for the job.
The individual bars help to provide a clear visual representation of differences in numerical values.
Line charts instantly show trends and patterns in numerical data over a period of time or across different variables.
Scatter plots are great for comparing two numerical variables as they can show correlations and relationships in numerical data.
Also known as boxplots, they compare the spread and distribution of numerical values among different categories.
Pie charts clearly illustrate the proportional distribution of numerical values within a whole.
Radar charts help to compare multiple numerical variables across different groups. The radar has spokes that represent each variable, and the area enclosed by the lines provides a view of the relationships and variations between the variables.
Learn more about charts and how they can help you communicate your data with this chart types guide from Adobe Express.
Discover free graph templates.
Create UK charts and graphs to showcase your statistics with Adobe Express. Choose from hundreds of free templates that can be edited to contain your data, allowing you to create beautiful visualisations for school projects, work tasks, and more.
Useful things to know.
Can I add my own data to Adobe Express templates?
Yes! Choose from a selection of graph and chart templates available from Adobe Express and customise your template with your very own data points!
Are chart and graph templates from Adobe Express easy to edit?
Yes! Editing is super easy, and you don’t need to have any design experience to build beautiful charts and graphs. Use Adobe Express’ online tools to easily edit your template. You’ll have your finalised data visualisation ready in no time.
Is Adobe Express free to use?
Yes! Adobe Express offers a free plan that gives you access to hundreds of professionally designed templates for all kinds of content, including bar charts, Venn diagrams, flow charts, and more! Get started with Adobe Express’ free plan.