Updated poll charts put key information at the forefront

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If this is your first time visiting the Poll Everywhere blog – Welcome! – this update is for you.

We want your debut polls to look stunning right out of the gate. That’s why recently updated how our ranking and multiple-choice polls look, as well as reduced the load times of those polls.

These updates are now available for all Poll Everywhere presenters. You don’t need to do a thing to get them. Poll Everywhere will update automatically on its own.


Introducing clearer, faster poll charts

The backbone of this entire update is upgrading our poll charts to D3.js – a JavaScript library for dynamic data visualization on the web. This means Poll Everywhere’s ranking and multiple-choice polls now load a whopping 12 – 15 times faster than before, giving presenters a more seamless polling experience.

In addition, we also took this opportunity to make some subtle, but significant, changes to the layouts of these polls. See if you can spot the differences:

Old poll chart visualization



New poll chart visualization


As you can see, the new poll display places greater emphasis on the title text and poll chart. These are typically the two most important pieces of information for the audience.

“Over the years, Poll Everywhere has seen SMS text responses decrease, and smartphone usage increase,” said project manager Brian Goodman. “That means, when people are responding to a poll, they’re likely viewing the answer choices on their device. Acknowledging this shift enabled us to adjust the layout of our poll charts to create a better overall experience.”

Of course, nearly everything about your poll – from the title to the response labels – can be manually resized if needed. This change only applies to how a poll looks by default. In fact, if you need to quickly resize a lot of text, there’s a new tool that lets you do that with a single click.


Resize poll text with a single click

The new font size slider lets you quickly and easily adjust the size of all the text in your poll all in one place. Presenting on a small screen and want to ensure everything is legible? Just click and drag the slider until your text is the perfect fit.

You’ll find this slider by going to the visual settings menu and selecting font.



Show correctness with any color scheme

On certain plans, Poll Everywhere lets you designate an answer as correct when creating a poll. However, in some circumstances it’s difficult to tell which answer is marked.

“Previously we used a green checkmark and outline to visualize the correct answer,” said Goodman. “The new style increases accessibility, as well as harmonizes it with different branding and color schemes. This ensures the audience can easily see, via contrast, which answer is correct.”


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Decide if your keywords need contrast

This final upgrade is perhaps the smallest of the bunch – but as someone who takes a lot of Poll Everywhere glamor shots, it’s one I’m really stoked for.

You can now remove the highlight boxes around keywords. That’s right. Those little shaded boxes around the keywords on a bar graph – poof – you can take those right out.

It helps makes screenshots, such as the below, look a bit more stylish.


Each of these upgrades is completely optional as well; you can resize, adjust, and otherwise tweak your poll to your heart’s content. But if you just want to fire off a quick question and start engaging the audience, the information they need is now right at the forefront.

Happy polling!