In the previous iteration of this site, I reserved a special page dedicated to collecting Data Visualization Style Guides. I’m republishing that collection here as a blog post with the rekindled hope that readers will add their own or their organization’s guides to the collection.

The original idea was developed at the Responsible Data Forum in New York City on January 11, 2016. It’s simply a list of data visualization style guides provided in no particular order. The idea is to build a collection of guides that layout style, formatting, and perhaps some other basic recommendations. These should not necessarily be documents that describe “best practices” or “dos and don’ts”.

My hope is that this post will serve as a repository for guides from around the world that others can use to develop their own guides and best practices. The list was originally published in January 2016, started small, and has grown to more than 15 documents. But I’m sure there is more, so please send me your suggestions and links using the comment box below, via the Contact form, or on Twitter.

The Sunlight Foundation’s Data Visualization Style Guidelines

The Dallas Morning News Graphics Stylebook

Urban Institute Data Visualization Style Guide

Annie E. Casey Foundation (editorial guide)

MinnPost Styles (thanks to Lynn Cherny)

Government (UK) Service Design Manual (thanks to Lynn Cherny)

Style.ONS (thanks to Lynn Cherny)

Texas Tribune (thanks to Lynn Cherny)

Financial Times

International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) (thanks to Andrej Lapajne)

United States Geological Survey (thanks to Jerzy Wieczorek)

An article on constructing a style guide

BBC Tableau Style Guide | Medium post, How we made the BBC Audiences Tableau Style Guide | R Graphics

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Design and Dissemination Division (D3)

Primarily Web Design (thanks to Canva):







US Department of Agriculture | Visual Standards Guide

18F Web Design Standards

National Cancer Institute

BBC Global Experience Language (thanks to Mik Nov)

US Geological Survey (thanks to Ben Welsh)

London Datastore



Material Design (Google) | Write-up of the Material Design guide on Medium


Cato Institute

Microsoft (for add-ins)


National Cancer Institute | Branding and Logo Use Guide | Digital Style Guide (both obtained via FOIA request)


Another collection: Google sheet | Google form to add others

Related blog posts

Why You Need to Create a Data Visualization Style Guide to Tell Great Stories (Part 1)

How to Create a Data Visualization Style Guide to Tell Great Stories (Part 2)

Updated July 25, 2020