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I'm working on "infographic" style dashboard page where I want to convey the rank of something (and how big the whole group is). So "Rank #17 out of 2,312" could be conveyed like:

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I'm not loving this visualization as higher/worse rankings result in a bigger slice of the "donut". Is there an ideal way to convey rank that'd be an improvement over this?

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    What happens if you have a 17 out of 2,345,678? Doesn't look like much room there and it's already rather small. – Code Maverick Apr 2 '14 at 19:23
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    What kind of rank? between how many possible? what is the assigned space? what kind of users/people will see that? is it a specialized community? Can you give more details? – PatomaS Apr 3 '14 at 7:08
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Well, the "best" way will depend on your needs and the overall style of the dashboard (what are users used to see - are there more similar visualizations?), but generally speaking, you can:

  • Flip the semantics, i.e. worse rankings will result in a smaller slice.
  • Simply use a meter bar instead of a donut.
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    +1 - A circle here to insinuate rank is very silly IMO. A circle has no beginning or end, so it is unclear from the glyph itself where the ranking falls. A linear graph I would think would be a better choice. You can fill up the meter bar just the same as a donut. – Andy W Apr 3 '14 at 12:53

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