A Motion Chart shows the animated progress of our data over time, it is like a line chart with the additional usefulness of seeing how the specific measure chosen evolves through time. The visual impact gives our data more significance and makes it easier for the end-user to follow the progress.
→ Create a group named “Product Name (group)”:
Click on the Product Name field and select Create – Group
Group together “Avery Binders”, “Staples” and “Bookcases”
Group the remaining products as “Other”
→ Create a line chart using Shipping Cost and Ship Date:
Drag “Shipping Cost” to Rows
Drag “Ship Date” to Columns displayed as Month, Continuous
→ Bring Product Name (Group) onto the Color Mark:
Drag “Product Name (Group)” to Color
→ Bring a copy of Product Name (Group) as a filter:
By holding the Ctrl Key, drag “Product Name (Group)” from Color to Filters shelf
→ On the Pages shelf, show the Ship Date dimension:
Drag “Ship Date” onto the Pages shelf
Click on the pill menu and change the level of detail to Month
→ Go to the Month (Ship Date) Card and click the Play button
Edit the speed of the animation by adjusting the menu on the lower right side of the Card
Add historical details by selecting the “Show history” tick
Add visual lines across time by selecting all Marks and Show Trails
→ Format the Marks as desired, click the Play button and congratulation, you’ve successfully built a motion chart.
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