Quartz Things

The Quartz Things Team is Herman Wong, Zach Seward, David Yanofsky, and Nikhil Sonnad. Follow all of our work at http://qz.com/re/quartzthings/

Chartbuilder’s many friends and the value of open source

It’s been eight months since we open-sourced Chartbuilder, our tool for quickly making good-looking charts. In releasing the project to the public, we hoped it might promote visual journalism and that new contributors would help make Chartbuilder better.

We’re happy to report success toward both goals.

Since we released it to the public, Chartbuilder has been used to make thousands of charts for at least a dozen media organizations, including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, CNBC, the Press-Enterprise, and New Hampshire Public Radio. Just last week, ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight joined the Chartbuilder club.





Isn’t that beautiful? Chartbuilder’s proliferation gives us renewed confidence in our commitment to open-source journalism. We hope it also inspires others to implement the tool and contribute back to the project on GitHub. Chartbuilder needs your help. It still has plenty of bugs and room for improvement.

In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out a new version of Chartbuilder that Quartz reporters have been using. It resolves some of the strange behaviors that have persisted for some time.

If you want to check it out before then, see this branch on GitHub. Or as always, use the current version online here and submit any bugs you come across here.

If you want to join us making tools like this and reporting through code: we’re hiring.


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    We can take a closer look at Chartbuilder at some point.
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