Over the last couple of months I've been building Datablast to allow people to create and share insights easily. Now that Datablast has launched into a public beta, I wanted to demonstrate just how simple that process is. I created the above chart in a few minutes, using some manual data that I found online. Here's how I did it...
1. Create an account
I created a Datablast account (ok, this is a slight lie - I already had an account, but if you don't have one, create one for free here). Once I'd logged onto my account, I clicked on my profile, and then clicked 'Create Insight'
2. Name the insight
I gave my insight a name, and clicked create.
3. Adding the data
Once the insight had been created, we are taken through to the main insight screen. Here you can add data, add commentary, and customise the look and feel of your chart.
First thing first... let's add some data!
For this chart, I manually added the data. I clicked on the 'data' tab, which opened up the spreadsheet interface. From here I simply pasted the data in that I had already scraped from the web.
... I clicked save, which updated the chart with my new data.
4. Creating the look and feel of the chart
Now that I had data in the chart, it was time to customise the look and feel. For my chart above, I knew I wanted a bar chart, so I selected that as my primary chart type.
In terms of the design, I wanted something bright, and clean. Therefore I disabled a lot of the chart options (by unticking the relevant boxes).I removed the chart legend, the grid and made the bar colour solid. I selected 'Candy' as my theme.
You can also see from the screenshot below that I added a subheading, to give the chart some more context, and added two tags to the chart, 'Tesla', and 'Cars'.
I clicked save... and I was done. My chart was now available on my profile page, for others to find, and follow. 👌 Easy!
I hope you enjoyed this short demonstration of Datablast. In future, we will be offering private and team accounts, so that organisations you can sign up for an internal version Datablast to publish, follow, and track insights as a team. If you'd like more information on this, please contact us.