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6 Examples of Redesigning Boring Excel Charts in a PowerPoint

Many presentations are made a day before meetings, if not an hour :). No wonder they look pretty default. Don’t lose the power of your final data presentation due to a lack of preparation time. Wanna know how you can quickly replace the default data chart or table with something more attractive? Keep reading.

We’ve put together a bunch of ideas on how to present data using vivid infographic charts. See six examples of redesigned pie charts, history or trend line plots, comparing several charts and enhanced bar charts.

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Presenting facts, statistics, and other numerical figures is the essence of pretty every business presentation.  Whether you do a quarterly review, investor pitch, or project status meeting.

Their main role of presenting numbers is to give credibility to your message. Showing real numbers also engage your audience more than other abstract presentation parts.

To make your charts presentation stand out from the others, avoid the default Excel look of data charts. Move your data visualizations to the next level. For example show a success level by customized gauge chart or use line chart with illustrated categories.

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Data charts designs below are a part of our Data Charts PowerPoint Infographics collection (see details by clicking the pictures). You can get a commercial version of that specific Pie chart designs here).

Using the predesigned template is a handy timesaver. However, with some little work, you can redesign default charts also by yourself. Let our chart design be an inspiration for you. Sometimes adding a simple shape or icon will do wonders :).

Six common data presentation cases

1. Comparing several KPI values by single value pie charts

Need to show percentage or compare several products or projects? Pie charts are a great tool for that. You can place text on the white or colored background, or make charts bigger and eliminate the amount of description. Notice how adding a simple background shape improves the look of the data presented. Now it’s more the infographics than a standard MS Office chart, isn’t it?

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You can order charts horizontally by their values:

pie chart compare comparison financial data

2. Enhancing the pie chart with the illustrated data legend

For cases when you have to present numerical data in one chart, you can apply such legend illustration by adding category icons and adjusting the chart colors:

statistics pie chart infographics ppt

To dig into data details, you can place other line charts in the legend itself, which will look good in tandem with the main data.

Quick tip: don’t illustrate too many categories on one pie chart. Recommended number is up to 6, max 8 categories. If you have more, consider using bar char instead.

3. Bar charts for presenting and comparing data

If you add to the standard bar chart a bit of design touch and flat icons, you can quickly improve its attractiveness, while still using data editable MS Office charts.

See below how we redesigned a bar chart for representing trade statistics – you can adjust chart colors and add illustrative icons for each data category.

bar chart data infographics ppt

You can experiment a bit and use two-sided charts within slides (with the colorful background if you wish). This is a case when you need to compare two values for each category e.g. import and export of commodities, or male-female age distribution:

bar chart colorful background financial infographics two-sided

4. Line plots to show history or trends evolution over a time

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Is your slide about upcoming trends, progress, or performance over the last period? Then you’ll use a classical line chart 🙂 This can be also enhanced using a few design tricks, see our proposals below.

Design advice: For good readability, don’t put more than four categories in one line chart, it will be too crowded. Better create another line chart below with the same time axes but next data categories.

5. Column data chart to compare several items over time

The alternative to a line plot is a column chart with time on horizontal axes.

The same about the column chart – it is suitable for any presentation, but don’t put too much data on one slide. Better to break it into several.

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If you decided to create a stacked chart, then use contrasting colors for greater clarity, see the picture below.

6. Presenting data on geographical maps

The last example shows how you can present a location-based data chart. If you want to present some economic or demographical statistics related to a specific state or country, you can try this:

  • create a simplified chart (remove axis, keep only essential data). Place the over a map
  • create a copy of your simplified chart and edit its data. Then move this chart to the location it refers too.

This way you can rather quickly create a simple infographic while having all charts editable. See the example below showing charts placed on specific US states:

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Whatever chart type you choose, ensure it is readable and your audience can easily catch the main idea while looking at it.

Presenting information in such a visual way is much more engaging, than just writing numbers aside.

Further reading on data presentations

Still not sure what chart type to choose? Ask us for advice or get some inspiration by checking these resources:

Downloadable resources: Data Chart PPT Slides Collection

All examples are from infoDiagram PowerPoint Diagrams collection. It contains several types of data-driven charts, which can be easily edited and added to other presentations. Check its content here:

See Data Charts PowerPoint Template

More data chart templates are available in our Creative Charts library, including financial reports, untypical bar, or pie charts.

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Peter Z

Chief Diagram Designer, infoDiagram co-founder