Charts. Graphs. Doodles. Whenever you put a bored Panda in front of a whiteboard, they’re very likely to let their creative talents loose. But how many of us have thought of turning drawing on whiteboards into a profession? Meet Matt Shirley. He draws hilarious charts and has a huge following online.

Shirley does them all masterfully and he’s a professional at using them to show the humorous side of life. What’s more, he has an outstanding work ethic: he tries to draw a graph every single day. That’s the sort of dedication you’d usually see only in top-tier athletes and best-selling authors.

Bored Panda talked to Shirley about his charts, what keeps him motivated to draw daily doodles, as well as what graphs have that other mediums don’t. Scroll down for our in-depth interview, upvote your favorite charts, and share the ones you like with your friends.

After you’re done with this article, have a look through our previous post featuring Shirley’s charts.

More info: Instagram | MattShirleyCharts.com | Facebook | Twitter | Patreon

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6 months ago

Shout out to all our waiters out there!

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EVERY TIME!!

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Are allowed to sleep in? Fall asleep early. Need to wake up early for an important exam? Can't fall asleep.

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“I've always loved anything visual or design-related, so it's a natural fit for me to try to do something visual or design-related on my Instagram,” Shirley told Bored Panda in an interview.

“Sometimes, it is a challenge to keep motivated, but the good thing about charts is that you can pretty much do one on any topic,” he said.

“I'm not confined to a certain field of expertise which helps with inspiration. If I'm not feeling inspired to create something on a certain topic I can always look in the complete opposite direction for something that activates the creative juices,” Shirley explained his creative process and how he avoids burnout.

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6 months ago

There is no orange!

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6 months ago

I don't get why they just don't put a logo on one side to help this. All computer female USB connector are put on the same orientation.

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6 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Shirley revealed the reason why he’s so into charts: “I like charts because they don't require a lot of reading and there's an inherent discovery process whenever you are trying to figure out what a chart is trying to depict, whether it's for entertainment or data-driven.”

“The only limitations I've found are with the types of jokes you can include. If you want long-winded setups and character-driven jokes then charts are definitely going to be difficult to work with,” he said, drawing attention to the fact that the best jokes to be made with charts are quick, concise, and snappy.

Bored Panda was interested to find out what Shirley thought was his best work so far. According to him, he’s very proud of his chart where he depicts how rick-rolling works: “I think I was most proud when I thought of this cycle.”

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6 months ago

this somehow makes me really really sad

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6 months ago

Seasonal post. Nobody will understand this one in May!

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6 months ago

Forgot the section for - I'm not putting my bra back on - this baggy jacket will hide that fact!

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Shirley’s creativity and humor have given him a massive following online: more than 300,000 people follow his Instagram account. Dear Readers, what do you think of Shirley’s charts? Which ones do you like best? What charts and graphs would you love for him to draw in the near future? We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!

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6 months ago

true

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Jill Ferguson
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6 months ago

The basis for a self help book!

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John Greene
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6 months ago

Apple Watch have me credit for standing all day just for getting drunk and passing out in a rocking chair.

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6 months ago

I like the last one. When you realize how little you really know, then you have achieved true wisdom.

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6 months ago

Because it is considered rude or threatening for people from some cultures.

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6 months ago

The last one should fill up a way bigger part than it does!

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6 months ago

This made me laugh outloud🤣🤣🤣

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6 months ago

Confidence: Straight down

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6 months ago

"Don't lick that"

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Martha Meyer
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6 months ago

I had to look up how much these ounces are and now I'm wondering who the hell would be drinking more than half a litre of coffee in that giant cup on the right?

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6 months ago

I always feel so stressed and stupid when I have to leave a message. Never know what to say, also I forget why I actually called.

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6 months ago

I'm not looking for a relationship = I will be engaged within a month.

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6 months ago

How are you able to draw such perfect circle with your white board pen? Rope and finger in the center?

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6 months ago

Oh! So that's my problem, missing the install a room mate step.

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6 months ago

Looks about right

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6 months ago

This!! Why??

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Steve Barnett
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6 months ago

Should it be 'technology' instead?

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6 months ago

i wish i had a dog

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6 months ago

Other humans?

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6 months ago

What is at the end of November?

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