By: Alice Poon, Stephanie Fok, Mira
Kwan, Tsui Yee
What are Pictograph?
Pictograph is a kind of graph that shows
information. Instead of different colored bars, it is
replaced with pictures and icons. Usually there is
a legend and it shows how
much an icon represents.
What do they look like?
This is how a pictographs
looks like; it looks just like a
normal, regular chart, but
bars are replaced by
patterns or pictures or
How do we use it?
Pictograph must always have a key or a legend in
order for the data to be expressed clearly. If the
legend is not detailed enough, the down side could
be we will not be able to express smaller
numbers. We use Pictographs when we are trying
to explain data in a fun and interesting way.
How do we analyze it?
Why do we use it?
People like to use this kind of
graph simply because it looks
more interesting. Instead of having
normal charts and graphs, it has
little icons and pictures which is
more visual. Little children may like
to read these more than tables or
Who uses it?
They are normally used by teachers because it
isn’t just plain numbers and students will be
interested in them.
When do we use it?
When we want the presentation of the chart more
visually attractive and easier to understand. The
frequency of each item is represented by
pictures. It is also a graph that uses pictures to
How to we construct it?
1. Write the title of the graph
2. Write down the group/ category of the graph
3. Choose a related picture/ icon to represent the
4. Decide the value of each picture/ icon
5. Draw the pictures on the graph accordingly to
For Primary students, they are always very useful because they can easily
understand or see the number of different objects in the chart. But for secondary
or adults, they are not always useful because secondary should’ve learned to see
bar charts, and adults will not even use this kind of chart, they are just made for
Real Life Examples
Teachers in schools, usually Primary school uses these kind of
graphs to teach their students about simple data
representation and to express data in a more simple way for
junior students to understand.
It is a more fun and easy style of
graph for younger students to
interpret compared to the others
(graphs and charts).
Overall, pictographs is a very useful way of
expressing data in a fun and interesting way,
especially to children and students. They makes
graphs visually interesting and less confusing for
us to understand. Pictographs are also very easy
to make, but can only be used to represent more
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