A friend called me recently and started our conversation with: “I know you dislike pie charts, but…can you help me create one?”
Spoiler alert: I don’t hate pie charts. They’ve received a bad rap over the years and with good reason—they are very commonly used when another chart type would be better suited. The appropriate use case for a pie chart is expressing a part-to-whole relationship. Their limitation is that it can be difficult to accurately judge the relative size of and compare the segments. Here are some related articles on our blog: the great pie debate and an updated post on pies.
Elizabeth does put together the best possible case, but I’m still in favor of burning pie charts to the ground.