Which chart types did our users create in 2023?

Hello, Rose again! It’s time for the last Weekly Chart of 2023.

On this blog, it’s traditional to end the year with a Weekly Chart dedicated to the visualizations that you, Datawrapper users, published in the past twelve months. With just a few days left to go, the numbers are in for 2023…

Some things that stand out to me this time:

  • Tables increased their share by almost four percentage points. They made up 18.9% of published charts in 2022, but 22.7% in 2023, the biggest change in share of any visualization type.
  • But tables were already very popular, so that rise is not much of an underdog story. The biggest relative gains were for pie, election, and donut charts: You published twice as many of those as you did last year! From taking ninth place in the rankings of 2022, they became your fourth-favorite visualization group of 2023.
  • Overall, though, this year looked a lot like the last one. The top-three rankings stayed the same: Area and line charts in first place, followed by tables and then choropleth and symbol maps.

For a bonus this year, we decided to look at your use of text annotations. Originally, annotations were supported in only a few chart types, and they got pretty consistent use there. Then at the end of 2020, we released a big update that made annotations more responsive, easier to edit, and available for several more map and chart types.

All chart types have had good uptake of the improved annotations. But you've embraced the annotated scatterplot like nothing else, using the new annotations in more than half of published scatterplots for two years running.

All these visualizations are made by you and other Datawrapper users. We in the office have been busy too: releasing new features and improvements, answering thousands of support messages, hosting webinars and book clubs, writing blog posts and Academy articles. This Weekly Chart series even celebrated its 300th installment! Our team has continued to grow and we're looking forward to welcoming many of you at our first conference this coming March. Here's to more great charts in 2024!

That's it for this year — see you next Thursday for the first Weekly Chart of the new one.