A Mini Post on Small Multiples

Small multiples certainly struck me as a confusing term the first time I heard it, so let’s jump straight into an explanation of what we’ll be talking about in this post to keep it short and sweet. Small multiples are a type of chart that consists of a compilation of miniature charts. Small multiples may contain bar, line, or pie charts among others, but the type of chart will be the same throughout a small multiples visualization. For example, Figure A below only contains bar charts, and we wouldn’t want to interrupt that with a different type of chart, or even a different bar chart layout. Keeping everything consistent is what makes small multiples easy to read. Creating a small multiples chart is a great way to break down multiple dimensions of information without overcomplicating or overcrowding a single chart. Let’s take a closer look at one…

Continue reading this post on LRS.org and check out more posts on research in a library context from Library Research Service.


LRS’s Colorado Public Library Data Users Group (DUG) mailing list provides instructions on data analysis and visualization, LRS news, and PLAR updates. To receive posts via email, please complete this form.