Datawrapper is a simple open source tool that allows any user to create embeddable charts in a few minutes.
WHAT IT'S BEST FOR
- Making interactive charts, easy enough for a total novice to use.
- User-friendly functionality, for example, when entering data you can choose to prepend any symbol to your numbers (dollar sign and so on) as well as append characters like "%" or "M." And, when visualising, there's a one-click "transpose the data" option to change how data are grouped into series.
- Changing the chart embed code's width and height actually alters the size of your chart preview in real time, which helps you decide whether a certain size makes visual sense.
- You can also choose to "highlight" one specific data point if the purpose of your visualisation is to spotlight a specific number.
- With some of the paid for options you can also have in-chart annotations.
WHERE IT FALLS DOWN
- The free version is fairly limited to just five chart types, bar, column, donut, line and pie charts (unless you pay for a subscription or the custom service).
- With the free version, you also will need to download manually and upload charts yourself to a blog or website.
- Datawrapper offers a few different options for colours and data grouping, but overall there's not much customisation available if you’re not proficient in editing the code yourself.
- The free service has a few usability bugs – such as timing out issues and lack of English help advice.
Datawrapper basic: free
Datawrapper single: 12 euros for 30 days
Datawrapper team: 100 euros per month
Datawrapper also offer a bespoke service, Datawrapper Pro, which allows organisations to request fully customised designs and features for a custom fee.
* Costs are correct at time of publication. Please always refer to original website for current pricing.