Using ggplot2 for charts with a similar look to Periscope Data's default charting

If you have a mix of visualizations using Periscope Data's default charting options and R/Python charts, ensuring a uniform look gives a cohesive flow to the entire dashboard.

By playing around with ggplot2's customization options, we can get closer to the Periscope charting look:

output <- output +
          scale_x_continuous(expand = c(0, 0)) +
          scale_y_continuous(expand = c(0, 0))

output <- output +
          theme(panel.background = element_rect(fill = "transparent"),
                panel.grid.major.x = element_blank(),
                panel.grid.major.y =element_line(size=.15, color="gray15"),

Here's the result:


Any other customizations you would add on here? Comment below!

(Python equivalent to come)

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  • If you're using facets, you need to also set plot.background = element_rect(fill = "transparent") to achieve full background transparency. 

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