grafify: Make greatlooking ggplot2 graphs quickly with R
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What is grafify?
grafify
is a new R package for making greatlooking ggplot2
graphs quickly in R. It has 19 plotting functions that simplify common ggplot graphs and provide colorblind friendly themes.
We’ll go through a short tutorial to get you up and running with grafify
.
Before we get started, get the R Cheat Sheet
grafify
is great for making quick ggplot2
plots. But, you’ll still need to learn how to wrangle data with dplyr
and visualize data with ggplot2
. For those topics, I’ll use the Ultimate R Cheat Sheet to refer to dplyr
and ggplot2
code in my workflow.
Quick Example:
Download the Ultimate R Cheat Sheet. Then Click the “CS” next to “ggplot2” opens the Data Visualization with ggplot2 Cheat Sheet.
Now you’re ready to quickly reference ggplot2
functions.
Onto the tutorial.
How grafify works
The grafify
package extends ggplot2
by adding several simplified plotting functions. In this tutorial, we’ll cover:

2Variable Functions:
plot_scatterbar_sd()
,plot_scatterbox()
, andplot_dotviolin()

3Variable Functions:
plot_3d_scatterbox()

BeforeAfter Functions:
plot_befafter_colors()
Load the Libraries and Data
First, run this code to:
 Load Libraries: Load
grafify
andtidyverse
.  Import Data: We’re using the
mpg
dataset that comes withggplot2
.
Scatterbar SD Plot
First, we can make a Scatterbar Plot that shows the data points along with error bars at a standard deviation. Simply use plot_scatterbar_sd()
.
Scatterbox Plot
Next, we can make a Scatterbox Plot that shows a custom boxplot / jitter plot combination. I’ve added a jitter point to show the distribution. Simply use plot_scatterbox()
.
Dotviolin Plot
Next, we can make a Dotviolin Plot that shows a custom violin plot / dotplot combination. Simply use plot_dotviolin()
.
Scatterbox 3D Plot
Next, we can make a 3D Scatterbox Plot that shows three variables using boxplot / jitter plot combination. This is great for drilling into multiple categories. Simply use plot_3d_scatterbox()
.
BeforeAfter Plot
Finally, we can make a BeforeAfter Plot that shows changes between two states (in this case how various models changed in MPG Fuel Efficiency from 1999 to 2008). This is great for comparing two states. Simply use plot_befafter_colors()
.
Summary
With 19 plotting functions, the grafify
package makes it quick and easy to make custom ggplot2
visualizations that are easy to visualize and explore data. With that said, it’s critical to learn ggplot2
for plots beyond what grafify
offers.
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