Sometimes you don’t need many words to say a lot. Ask Matt Shirley, Instagram’s favorite chart and graph creator who has been making one a day for the past… we've lost count!

Matt’s colorful designs have gained him quite a following online with a 400k-solid fan base and you can totally see why. Charged with humor, candidness, and a perfect ability to communicate things in a clear and simple manner, they serve as a reflection of the times we are living in.

Whether it’s sitting in a traffic jam, working from home, attending a Zoom meeting, or surviving March madness, these are just the tip of the iceberg of Matt’s ingenious designs that make you totally relate. Psst! After you’re done, be sure to check out our previous posts with Matt’s charts and graphs here, here, and here.

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#1

Remember Waiters?

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Sum Guy
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1 year ago

It's always nice to see an article about someone you have been following on Instagram for a while

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#2

Lockdown Circles. Came Up With This While Talking To Someone Important To Me About Work Life Right Now. It’s Tough Out There.

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Robert T
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1 year ago

Should be a "time spent on Bored Panda" beteen "inability to focus on work" and "guilt for doing no work"

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To find out how the creator of the widely popular charts and graphs is doing at the moment, Bored Panda reached out to Matt Shirley for an interview. “It's actually quite difficult to keep up with current events that might make for good charts without it driving me crazy,” he told us when asked how he keeps his charts ever-relevant.

“I tend to not pay attention to the news too awfully much because I find that it's not exactly great for my mental health, so I have to pick and choose the types of current events I talk about with my charts,” Matt explained.

#3

Godspeed To Anyone Looking For A Job Right Now.

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Indra Servo
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1 year ago

"our company only hired CEO of multinational business"

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#4

I Think This Is The Most Annoying Thing That Happens At A Grocery Store

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Shelp
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1 year ago

Those machines are so dumb

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“In general,” Matt said, “I like to do things that are light-hearted so it's natural that some of the more light-hearted news stories are right up my alley. And then, of course, I can always draw off my own experiences, whether it's working from home or dealing with isolation or my thoughts on anxiety.”

#5

New TV Chart 📺

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Indra Servo
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1 year ago

Weather now : still weather but with kickass CG

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#6

After A Week Off I’m Back With Another Chart About Sleep.

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Kristal
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1 year ago

Unfortunately. People forget that most services/businesses are a 24 hour operation; airports, goods deliveries (truck, train, plane, boat), emergency services, etc. Pretty much everything 'daytime society' needs to function, night shift people provide.

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When Matt started his Instagram account @mattsurelee, he was doing charts on white boards. “This worked great at first, but eventually I found that I would often make mistakes that were almost impossible to fix on a white board and I moved to more graphic design charts.”

The graphic design charts gave him the flexibility to do multiple drawings in a day and reuse the templates, “so I don't have to measure and draw the same pie charts or tables over and over again.” Plus, Matt likes the variety of colors he can use digitally.

#7

My Falling Asleep Timeline

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Poopinunicorn
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1 year ago

I can relate with this almost 100%

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#8

Dearest Microsoft Excel, Why Do You Hate Me So

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Ozacoter
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1 year ago

Blue is so me.

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“I absolutely didn't expect anything when I started. But it's very nice to find out that other people see the world in the same way I do,” Matt said humbly.

Incredibly, just like on the day he started, Matt is still making at least one graph per day. “If these charts see the light of day is another story. A lot of them turn out to be not up to snuff and are hidden away somewhere on my computer,” he added.

#9

Moving Is Fun. Personal Update On My Patreon If You Want To Read It (Link In Bio)

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Sonia Bailey
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1 year ago

As someone who hads moved house recently, I can attest to this chart's accuracy!

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#10

TV, Why Are You The Way That You Are?

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Ozacoter
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1 year ago

Also why are movies so f*****g bad with noise? The music and sound is really loud but the dialogs are usually very low. Thats the reason why I usually watch everything with subtitles so I dont need to bmhave a headache to understand the dialogs.

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Also, Matt’s amazing book “A Visual Learner's Guide to Being a Grown-Up” has just come out like a day ago, giving his fans a real treat in Matt’s signature tables, lists, and charts for all the visual learners out there. Check it out right here.

“Additionally, I am in the very beginning stages of working on an idea for a board game and have a couple of new Instagram accounts that should come out soon,” Matt said, so stay tuned!

#11

Come Up With A Creative Way Of Calling Me A Boomer In The Comments.

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River Webb
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1 year ago

its just blue, believe me

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#12

😴

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River Webb
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1 year ago

I wonder I reverse psychology would work in this situation

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#13

I Added A Circle To A Popular Venn Diagram Made By @lazerdoov And Filled In All The Blanks.

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Sarah Simons
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1 year ago

Wait this is confusing there are too many lines

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#14

Sa(N)ta(N)

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River Webb
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1 year ago

santa's a creep, he sneaks into your home while you sleep and basically stalks you all year

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#15

Covid Pros And Cons.

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CrazedFalcon17
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1 year ago

Wow, this is too true

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#16

Includes Online For Me.

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MAX THOMPSON
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1 year ago

Yeah... a pandemic and black friday does not mix.

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#17

Why Are We Like This

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Kristal
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1 year ago

Okay but what if Doing the Thinking is required? Like researchers :D

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#18

🚛🚙🚗🚕🚎🚜

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Bacony Cakes
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1 year ago

You forgot "truck driver who can't drive for sh*t".

#19

I’m Doing A Q And A For @writers.blok Tonight At 6pm Pt. If I Could Procrastinate It I Would.

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𝙸'𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚋!
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1 year ago

My issue is that I know it's easy and I fully understand what I need to do... I just don't want to do it 😂

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#20

You Could Totally Convince Me That It Was Actually Spelled Stalk Market.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 year ago

Game Stop. That's all I got.

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#21

Around And Around We Go And We Will Stop Never ☕️

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Toko Danganronpa
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1 year ago

Coffee is like the world's best tasting drug :)

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#22

👻

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Sofiia Melnikova
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1 year ago

Me, going for a midnight snack in a nutshell

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#23

I Wrote A Book! It Comes Out April 6th And It Includes A Ton Of New Charts For All My Visual Learning Friends Who Would Rather Look At A Venn Diagram Than Read Words. I’m Extremely Proud Of It And Can’t Wait For People To See It.

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Ozacoter
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1 year ago (edited)

We need a colour for crying and another one for "not feeling an adult"

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#24

🤒

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River Webb
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1 year ago

when you have the common cold

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#25

Tell Me Your Most Embarrassing Movie Theater Story. (Made This For @mandatorydotcom)

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Raven Sheridan
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1 year ago

I miss salty, buttery, movie popcorn.

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#26

My High School Science Class

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Ozacoter
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1 year ago (edited)

I agree. I loved my science subjects in school and found them fascinating but 90% of what we learned was useless. Non biologists/geologists do not need to be able to recognize all the different kinds of rocks or knowing the structure of vegetable tissues. They need to learn first aid, nutrition, sex education, how menstruation works, basic anatomy, why antibiotics dont work in viruses, why vaccines are important etc.

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#27

I Asked You Guys One Word To Describe The Folks From Your State. This Is What We Game Up With.

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Julia King
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1 year ago

As a New Yorker I can say that you are right about us. We are very loud.

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#28

Lots Of Requests To Post This. Tag A Coworker. (Btw This Was A Commission, If You’d Like A Custom Chart Email Me: Mattsurelee@gmail.com, I Have Some Spots Open)

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Indra Servo
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1 year ago

the nicest & smartest employee usually resign in 1 year because they can just search for better job

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#29

I Made This Chart And 21 Others For @adamgrant’s Excellent New Book “Think Again” That Comes Out Today! I’m Truly Honored He Asked Me To Contribute And I Can’t Wait For Everyone To Check It Out.

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River Webb
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1 year ago

I once heard a fact form my cousin's brother in law's sister's bestie way back in 2013 and I still stand by that fact to this day

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#30

Was Thinking About Anxiety This Weekend And Made This Anxiety Bar Chart.

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KATELYN BERRYMAN
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1 year ago

so simple, yet so true...

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