Coach Andy recently showed me how to change up displaying legends with unicode characters. It’s super simple and provides a cleaner look on a dashboard.
The original one was for a client project so I’ve built a dashboard expanding on my tip on Monday – how to utilize shapes in KPI dashboards.
Here’s the viz for context with the legend in the red box. Feel free to download it and follow along.
Step 1: Pick Your Unicode Character to Represent Your Color.
I went to fileformat.info and picked a simple square box for my icon. Here are a couple of common ones to use:
|U+25A0||BLACK SQUARE (U+25A0)||■||arial_unicode_ms|
|U+25CF||BLACK CIRCLE (U+25CF)||●||arial_unicode_ms|
|U+25B2||BLACK UP-POINTING TRIANGLE (U+25B2)||▲||arial_unicode_ms|
Step 2: Copy and Paste the Character into Captions and Match Your Colors.
Just change the unicode character just like you were changing the colour of a word.
Step 3: Add Your Worksheet to a Dashboard and Select Show “Captions”.
Then drag and drop your caption with ease!