Creating maps and charts in Flourish

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Basics steps for creating a visualisation in Flourish

There are three basics steps to follow, in creating a visualisation. Fortunately, most online platforms for visualisation also obey these steps. The steps are: 

  1. Choose a template: Choose a template that suits your intended design. Off course, at this point, you must have decided on the goal and how to present your data
  2. Import your data: Most templates come with dummy data. Clear off dummies and add your data to the template or elements. In doing this, you must ensure you study the arrangement of the dummy data and place your own data in a similar arrangement. For example, if the data is arranged vertically, you shouldn’t arrange yours horizontally. Also, if the first cell is left empty, you should also leave yours empty
  3. Customise: After placing in your data, format your visualisation to suit your intended design by adding your own colours, headers, footers, fonts, etc

In the next topics, we shall demonstrate these steps sequentially and practically create some visualisations. Be prepared to practice too!

Creating charts – Exercise 1

Here is a sample data for this exercise. You can also access the dataset for this exercise here

First, what kind of chart would be best for this dataset below?

Survey of sample 100 women interviewed on “the impact of Covid-19 on their livelihood

Exercise 1

Category Number
No Education 15
Primary Education 25
Secondary Education 40
Tertiary Education 20

I guess your suggestion should be: bar chart, donut chart or pie chart

Let’s do donut chart. Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to see how to achieve this. 

Creating charts – Exercise 2

Let’s visualise this data below. Again, what chart would you suggest?

Lassa Fever Report, 2018.


State  Cases Death
Borno 15 5
Edo 10 4
Kano 4 2
Kogi 3 1
Nasarawa 9 2
Niger 2 1

I guess your suggestion was Grouped bar chart or a grid of donut chart. Great! Let’s design both, starting from the Grouped bar chart. Watch the demonstration below.