Cloning a famous coxcomb.

Due to its historical significance, Florence Nightingale’s “coxcomb”, or radial diagram, has to be respectfully treated. So with this edition of copycat, our aim (more than ever) was to replicate it as accurately as possible.

Florence's original

Datylon's copycat

With the charts recreated using our Datylon Graph extension for Adobe Illustrator, we then leveraged the existing Illustrator platform to complete the original data story, adding in the text, titles and labels. This perfectly demonstrates how Datylon Graph enhances the dataviz capabilities of Illustrator, allowing designers the creative freedom to craft beautiful and on-brand data stories.

From an extension point of view, the charts were constructed from our standard Datylon pie chart templates — no “manual” drawing was involved. The radius of each pie slice has been defined by binding the data to the radius property.

The different colors were then built up by copying charts on top of each other as layers. The colors are also driven by the data meaning each shade can be separately defined for each slice .

It’s also important to note is that the finished data story is driven by a single datasheet, yes that’s right, just the one sheet. If the data did change - admittedly, this is quite unlikely as this concerns a chart from the mid 19th century - but, if it did, it would just be a matter of uploading new data and the chart would update accordingly.

See some of our previous copycat charts produced while testing Datylon Graph Beta here, here or here.

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