Creating nice visuals to represent data is oftentimes a challenge for me. I can crunch and tally up numbers like it's no one's business, but I run into trouble when it comes to making a pretty graph to represent the data. Recently I discovered Daytum, "an elegant and intuitive tool for counting and communicating personal statistics." Daytum is now my new best friend when it comes to graph making. More on its features after the jump!
The first thing that attracted me to Daytum was the clean interface that maintains simplicity although dominated by typography. It's easy to get started, simply register with an email address and you can start collecting and categorizing data.
1. Once you're registered you can start creating graphs of all kinds: pie charts, line graphs, bar graphs and even text-based statements.
2. To create a graph, click on "new display." Enter your graph's title, choose a category or create a new one (the name of the data you're recording) and choose the type of graph you want. In my example I'm documenting the number of times I've eaten at various food trucks.
3. Now, start adding items. Items categorize your data.
4. After you've named all the items you plan to track, you input the numbers. You can customize the time span that you're tracking in days, weeks or months.
5. You've just created a pretty graph.
For me, Daytum is useful when it comes to tracking personal stats or for work. My only complaint is that all the data needs to be manually entered, similar to using Microsoft Excel. However, the graphs you create in the end tops Excel's automated graphs aesthetically. For iPhone users, Daytum also has an app. It's a simple tool that I highly recommend it to other newbies at graph making.