Create a visualization

To create a visualization, go to your projects page, find the “Visualisations” section, and click “New”.

This will bring up the Flourish template chooser, which will show you some featured Flourish templates. (Want more templates? Read this.)

In this example, we’ll use the “Connections globe” template.

Choosing a template opens it in the visualization editor, with some sample data so you can see the template in action.

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There are four important parts of the visualization editor:

  • The visualization preview – shows you what your end users will see when you publish your project
  • The settings panel – provides options to change the look and feel of the visualization.

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  • The data itself - if you edit or replace this, your visualization will instantly update
  • The column selection panel - lets you control which columns of your data are used in the visualization, and in what way.

Customize the look and feel

The settings panel is where you can change the look and feel of your visualization. These options are different for each template.

For example, in “Connections globe” you can change the color of the arrows:

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As you change the settings, your visualization will automatically update.

Next, learn how to use your own data in a Flourish visualization.