2022 Week 05 | Power BI: Can you make a Nested Chart with Charticulator?


This week we are familiarising ourselves with Charticulator and Nested Charts.

This graph was inspired by Gus Wezerek and Sara Chodosh’s chart for NYT Opinion.


  1. Download the data and remove all columns excepting the Date field, New Cases Smoothed Field and Location (save as csv)
  2. Create a second csv with only Location = High Income data. Ensure the dates are American format (YYYY-MM-DD)
  3. Launch Charticulator in your browser and load the High Income data
  4. Add a rectangle mark to the glyph area, ensure it snaps to grid
  5. Link the fill colour of the rectangle mark to “New Cases Smoothed” data
  6.  (Optional) To create an area chart, link the rectangle marks using bands and set the width of the rectangle to 0.5.
  7. Link the height of the rectangle mark to “New Cases Smoothed” data
  8. Link the X-Axis of the plot segment (not the glyph) to the Date field
  9. Link the Title Text to the Location Field
  10. Export the visual as a Charticulator TEMPLATE


  1. Create New Chart with the same csv data
  2. On the Plot Segment, Group By Location
  3. Drag the Nested Chart option into the Glyph Area
  4. In the Nested Chart options select Import Template
  5. Import the Charticulator Template from the previous step 9
  6. Size the Nested Chart to 200 by 400 and adjust the Chart Area to fit (or leave blank for auto-sized charts)
  7. Export as Power BI Custom Visual


  1. Create a new Power BI Desktop file
  2. Import the csv from step one
  3. Filter the data to only the income locations, remove unnecessary columns
  4. Import Power BI Custom Visual into Power BI Desktop
  5. Drag the fields into the Custom Visual


  1. Create a spiral plot


This week’s data comes from Our World in Data made available on github



After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtags #WOW2022 and #PowerBI, and tag @JSBaucke@MMarie, @shan_gsd, @KerryKolosko, and @NerdyWithData. Also make sure to fill out the Submission Tracker so that we can count you as a participant this week in order to track our participation throughout the year. 



4 thoughts on “2022 Week 05 | Power BI: Can you make a Nested Chart with Charticulator?”

  1. Hi Kerry – Charticulator.com will not preview any csv mentioned above – the original from github, the reduced column or the high income version. Charticulator is working on other csv files – am I the only one with the issue?

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