Your eyes can read charts. And, now, can make them.

The Universal Chart Maker is the first wordless instructions manual to make charts in Excel. If you are not fluent in English or for some reason don’t like to follow written instructions, with these visual instructions you can make great charts that go beyond the Excel charts library.

How does it work?

A limited set icons describe objects, actions and options. You simply follow these visual instructions to create and format a chart. Multiple intermediate results are displayed to make sure you’re in the good path. You can clarify the meaning of any icons visiting this Google sheet. Four languages are available, and more to come.

A large collection to choose from

This sign system was used to create 50 Excel charts. Some are simple, and designed to help you familiarize with the visual language, some are more complex. Most focus on simplicity and effectiveness, following general data visualization guidelines.

The ebook is only $27.00. Click here to download it now.






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Who is this blog for?

I write about data visualization for non-designers, in a business context, focused on communication effectiveness. This tends to overlap a lot with Excel users.

Excel? Really?

I know Excel is the least sexy tool of all. But it is also a familiar, general-purpose tool that is great to learn, create and practice better data visualization in a business context. Being aware of its limited and biased chart library, going beyond it, and going beyond Excel itself is a common data visualization growth path.

Have you written a book or something?

I actually wrote a book on data visualization for Excel users titled Data at Work (Amazon link). And I also created a step-by-step e-book manual to make charts in Excel, Universal Chart Maker (buy). But it is a very special kind of ebook, as you can see above.