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A pie chart is a circular graph which displays data in an easy-to-read pie slice format. Each slice represents a category of data and the size is proportional to the quantity it represents.

Infogram has interactive options when it comes to creating a pie chart, taking it beyond the standard 2D chart. When data is animated and interactive, your pie chart instantly becomes an asset for articles, reports, emails and other marketing campaigns. Our online pie chart maker instantly gives you a head start on your competition.

This article covers the basics of when to use pie charts, the types of pie charts Infogram offers, how to get started, and frequently asked questions. We’ve handled technical pieces. We want you to just focus on creating engaging, interactive, and educational content that will excite your customers and grow your brand.

When to use pie charts

Pie charts are popular because they are easy to create and understand. The main use of a pie chart is to show comparisons between different categories. They are widely used in the media and in business reports as they give the reader a quick idea of the proportional distribution of data.

They are only effective when you're comparing 3-5 different data points with different quantities that are easy to differentiate. Pie charts are one of the most used and hated charts. Its shape is very familiar, but this visual representation is easily misleading if not used properly. 

When the number of data categories are small (less than 6) and you don't need to show progression over time, a pie chart might be appropriate. Use a pie chart if you want to illustrate the dominance of one category over the others.

Types of pie charts

Once you’ve researched and come up with a great data-driven story, you’ll need to present it. Infogram offers endless ways to create captivating pie charts in minutes to tell your story more effectively than words or photos. Below are the top four most popular types we offer.

Pie chart

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Compares the values of categories as part of the whole, displaying angle-size differences. An effective example of data to create this type of chart is total spending by category. Explore

Doughnut chart

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Compares values by displaying differences in length and allows the empty center to be filled with additional information. An example of data used to create a doughnut chart would be the quantity of cars sold by region. Explore

Semi-circle pie chart

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As the name suggests, it is half of a pie chart, yet still represents parts of a whole. A good time to use a semi-circle pie chart would be when sharing referendum results. Explore

Irregular pie chart

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Compares data through differences in the length of the radius of each segment. Irregular pie charts are sometimes used to show customer surveys. Explore

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Browse all chart templates

Ready to make your own interactive pie chart? Infogram has hundreds of customizable templates. Browse this selection for inspiration; you’ll be inspired to take your content in a direction that will surprise and delight your customers. View more templates

Get inspired by pie chart examples

Trying to find an inspiration for creative new ideas? Check out a wonderful collection of impressive pie charts created by Infogram users. View more examples

Frequently asked questions

1. How to register an account 

  • Click on the Get started button in the top right corner of the homepage.
  • Sign up with Google, Facebook or email. Infogram lets its users sign up with a Google or Facebook account, or register with a work email. If you choose to sign up with Google or Facebook, simply login to your account when asked to do so. If you wish to sign up with your email address, enter the email and your desired password, then hit the sign up button.
  • Provide some basic information about yourself. Enter your first and last name, indicate what kind of organization you belong to and specify your role. You will then be able to continue with the Basic plan or choose from any of the available paid plans. View more

2. How to pick the right chart for your data 

The first question you should always ask yourself is whether visualizing your data is really necessary. Would it make the story easier to understand? Does it provide context? Is it relevant?

Including a visualization just for the sake of it can be confusing and reduce the impact of your story. Remember that bad data visualization can be worse than none at all.

It’s important to choose the right kind of graph to visualize your data. Here you will find a brief summary of various types of graphs and when it’s best to use what.

Take into an account! Make your visualizations as simple and clean as possible, it makes them much easier to understand and usually more visually appealing. Keep the ‘data to ink ratio’ in mind – if you had to print your visualization try and show as much information as possible using the least ink. View more

3. How to create a pie chart

Infogram has made this easy with five steps: 

  • Log in to Infogram.
  • Choose a type of pie chart (pie, semi-circle, donut, irregular).
  • Upload or copy and paste your data.
  • Customize your look/feel with labels, colors, fonts, and graphics.
  • Download your pie chart, or embed on your website.

Don’t worry about creating code! We took care of the technical steps, allowing you to be a pie chart creator and delight your audience. View more

4. Pie Chart Creator Best Practices

  • Add a name or number to each segment of your pie chart to make it easier to read.
  • When using percentages, make sure all segments add up to 100%. Sounds obvious, but it is a common mistake.
  • Avoid using 3D perspective or shadows as it makes your data difficult to understand.
  • Use less than 6 pie slices to get your point across. If the pie slices have roughly the same value, consider using a bar or column chart instead.

Need more tips to choose the right type of chart? Read the article: How to Choose the Right Chart for Your Data.

5. How to add data to a pie chart

Each chart comes pre-populated with sample data to show how data should be formatted when it's inserted into the chart. To add data to a chart you can:

  • Copy and paste
  • Import via integrations

To add data by copying and pasting:

1. Click the Add chart icon on the left side panel and select the chart you wish to use. 

  • Drag and drop it into the editor. 
  • Double-click to access the chart's data table. 

2. Select a cell and start typing or use keyboard controls:

  • CTRL/CMD+C to copy
  • CTRL/CMD+X to cut 
  • CTRL/CMD+V to paste
  • CTRL/CMD+z to undo the last edit

3. Right-click a cell to access a menu with styling options. View more

6. How to edit chart settings

Customize charts to look just the way you want them to! Chart settings are located in the right sidebar of the editor.

After adding a chart to your project, select it once to access chart settings. Use tabs at the top to switch between the data table and settings.

Here you can add animation to your chart, as well as edit (click on hyperlinked settings to be redirected to tutorial articles): 

  • Chart properties
  • Color
  • Axis and grid
  • Fonts
  • Legend
  • Tooltips
  • Data format
  • Accessibility

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