Introducing the Bullet Donut

Boom! The bullet donut chart. All the information of a bullet chart with the needless aesthetic of a donut chart. I am pretty sure this is not a thing. So I am claiming I invented it. Why invent it? That I don't know. Behold the stupidity...

I am the first to admit this chart doesn't need to exist. Sorry Stephen Few. It doesn't have the best data-to-ink ratio. And a bullet chart is a much better option. But for those of you out there that like a gauge or a donut chart but struggle to read a bullet chart this might be the chart for you!

Here is a detailed breakdown of what each of the chart elements represent.


  1. Isn't it just a gauge?
    Nice technical work, though, Adam! I can't dare pass comment on the validity of it as a viz :-)

  2. It is essentially a gauge but with the reference line/symbol marker. And trust me I know it's a bad viz. It reminds me of that quote from Jurassic Park: I was so preoccupied with whether or not I could that I didn't stop to think if I should. I created a monster.

  3. Donuts and bullets -- two things that can be lethal.


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