Financial Times Visual Vocabulary

A poster (available in English, Japanese, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese) and web site to assist designers and journalists to select the optimal symbology for data visualisations, by the Financial Times Visual Journalism Team.

The FT Visual Vocabulary is at the core of a newsroom-wide training session aimed at improving chart literacy. This learning resource is inspired by the Graphic Continuum by Jon Schwabish and Severino Ribecca. This is not an attempt to teach everyone how to make charts, but how to recognise the opportunities to use them effectively alongside words.

Read the Chart Doctor feature column for full background on why we made this: Simple techniques for bridging the graphics language gap

For D3 templates for producing many of these chart types in FT style, see our Visual Vocabulary repo.

https://github.com/ft-interactive/chart-doctor/tree/master/visual-vocabulary