Create Bullet Graphs with Google Charts in 7 Easy Steps

I haven’t paid much attention to Google Charts so far, but I have enjoyed Stephen Few’s “Bullet Graphs.” A bullet graph is an extremely condensed sort of bar chart that shows the current value of a KPI, and various ranges such as unacceptable, acceptable and target, and an optional indicator line that can mean several things. Anyway, here is an example of a bullet chart (from wikipedia):

 

Bullet graph labeled.png

 

This blog post referenced below was referenced in Stephen Few’s blog this morning and describes the several easy steps required to create a bullet graph using the Google API. Being able to easily throw these things up, ad hoc, in any web page is pretty phenomenal, if you ask me. The image below is actually a Google Graph:

 

Here is the link to the guide:

DEALER DIAGNOSTICS » Blog Archive » Create Bullet Graphs with Google Charts in 7 Easy Steps

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One Response to “Create Bullet Graphs with Google Charts in 7 Easy Steps”

  1. Kalin Says:

    Thanks for the mention! I thought you might also be interested to know that we have released a gadget that can make these bullet graphs using live data from a Google spreadsheet.

    http://dealerdiagnostics.com/blog/2008/09/the-ddr-bullet-graph-gadget/


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