Browser Market Share

In: Graphic Design (general) Interactive Internet/tech

24 Jan 2012

Aesthetically this is obviously quite nice. The roll-over data is snappy quick. The color selection is clear and intuitive. But there’s something about these nested arc charts that I just don’t like – they don’t seem like a very good way to illustrate historical data. It was created as a simple example of the Axiis data visualization framework – which offers several other Flex based graphic tools. (Hat tip to Ryan C for sending this along!)


10 Responses to Browser Market Share


Ben Nuttall

January 24th, 2012 at 9:53 am

It looks like an amalgamation of the Firefox, Chrome and IE browser icons!


Sylvain Carle

January 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am

It looks too much like the Firefox logo not to be suspicious… or really well designed/tweaked.


Alex W.

January 24th, 2012 at 11:36 am

The shape of the diagram guided me to read it clockwise. I only figured out how to properly read it from my existin gknowledge of the trend. Not good. I realise that curling it up saves space, but it’s not good for comprehension.


megan squire

January 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Yes, I would bet the icons were the reason for the chart design choice. I saw the FireFox logo in it before even reading your headline! I agree that it doesn’t work as well as another design might. Too cute?


Aussie Betting

January 24th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I don’t really like this either, it doesn’t All Firefox versions are condensed into 1, which I guess is only practical since they release a new major version every other month but all other browsers have version data which makes Firefox look more dominant than it really is. They’ve been losing market share to Chrome this year too.

2011 Browser Stats:
IE: 20.2%
Firefox: 37.7 %
Chrome: 34.6 %
Safari: 4.2 %
Opera: 2.5 %

If the trend continues, Chrome will overtake Firefox as the leading browser in 2012.



January 25th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

If it were just horizontal bar charts it would make more sense, the arcs mean that you have to incrementally lengthen the graph just to reach the same value in subsequent years.



January 26th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

@Aussie Betting, I can find no data to support your figures. From all I’ve seen, IE is still tops, with 2nd. Can you share your source?



January 26th, 2012 at 6:31 pm



January 30th, 2012 at 3:54 am

From the chart, I see IE is the NO.1 and firefox is the second? I don’t believe chrome only occupy such a small market.


Aussie Betting

January 31st, 2012 at 5:46 pm

nikihit, no you’re not reading the chart correctly. The outer ring is 2009, the inner rings are irrelevant. This is one reason the chart is not an ideal way to display historical data. At first glance you would think that IE still has a large market share. Maybe if the rings were larger this layout would be a little better.

Look at the link above by FredMertz and you will see that IE has been steadily losing market share for years while Chrome has been steadily increasing its share of users.

It appears as though Chrome has recently started taking some of FireFox’s market share, they now have close to equal market share at around 35~36% each, with IE in 3rd position at 20%.

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