Using Flow Maps to show derivative products

Flow maps show branches of data which form part of a whole and are often used to show deriv­a­tive prod­ucts made from a sin­gle source. These were quite pop­u­lar in the early 20th Cen­tury to show ship­ping traf­fic from ports. In this exam­ple it shows the com­po­nents that con­tribute to the 3M stock price. Post-​its and office pro­duces are 12% of the stock price, while Indus­trial Ade­sies and med­ical sup­plies are much larger.

In this inter­ac­tive graphic from Tre­fis it asl shows mar­ket size and share (on the right). 2-22-2013 7-37-08 AM

Flow maps are also called Sankey Dia­grams and there is a site explor­ing visu­al­iza­tions .

Exam­ple Sankey dia­gram show­ing palm oil man­u­fac­ture and deriv­a­tive products
Example Sankey diagram showing palm oil manufacture and derivative products

Exam­ple Sankey dia­gram show­ing palm oil man­u­fac­ture and deriv­a­tive products

Free tools:

Sankey Maker (includes a Sankey blog).

Flow Map Maker

Flow map tool and paper

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