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The Quartz Chart of the Year™ will look something like this

T-Mobile CEO John Legere speaks in front of a chart showing the relation of traditional fixed phone lines vs mobile phone lines at T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5.0 event, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
It doesn’t have to be pink—but it helps.
By Matt Phillips
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

At Quartz, we—and our readers—love  charts.

We’re always on the hunt for a terrific fever line or bar graph that delivers deep insight at a single glance. We delve into data to churn out plenty of our own charts; heck, we’ve even built a cool tool that allows you to make them too.

Now we’re taking our obsession with charts to its logical conclusion: we’re launching a quest to find the best chart of the year. If you’re as chart-crazy as we are, we’re inviting you to help us select… [pause for imaginary drumroll]… the Quartz Chart of the Year™.

Send us the charts that made you go, “Whoa.” Tweet them (@matthewphillips) or email them ( to us with the subject line “Chart of the year.”

We’re open to any type of chart: Ugly ones. Famous ones. Newsy ones. Idiosyncratic ones. They can be about anything, not just business and economics—so long as they have been published in calendar 2014.

Over the next few weeks we’ll parse your submissions and our own favorites, and roll out some posts spotlighting the potential contenders for crown.

We’ll announce the winner on Dec. 15.

Naturally, we’re recusing our own charts from the competition. But if you’ll forgive a little chest-thumping, we’re going to use some memorable Quartz charts to illustrate the attributes that we think make great charts—you might want to keep these in mind when nominating your favorites for … [egregious imaginary drumroll]…the Quartz Chart of the Year™.

1. Great charts are simple…

1. Great charts are simple…

enough said.

2. They don’t waste your time…

…In other words, they’ve got news.

3. They give you a lot of information…

…so you can form a well-informed opinion.


4. They make a clear point…

…and you can understand it quickly.

5. They tell you something you didn’t know…

…Usually via some sort of underutilized data set.

6. Or they put something you knew into perspective…

…like the size of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund.

7. They show something important about the world…

…like the unraveling of the world’s most-important housing market.

8. Or they influence an important debate…

…so much so that they become a story in their own right.


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