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20. October 2022

Harness the power of interactive charts in Notion 

One of GRID’s most exciting partnerships yet, our database integration for Notion is proving to be an ideal pathway to possibility for Notion users. For those who’ve been looking for a way to visualize data from their Notion databases and embed it back into their Notion pages, this integration makes perfect sense. Notion users can build & embed incredibly layered, interactive documents with GRID, combining the best of data narration & visualization in one place.

Why is GRID excited to work with Notion?

As an all-in-one workspace for notes, tasks, & databases, Notion enjoys massive popularity among a devoted community of creators. With well over 30 million users worldwide as of July 2022, Notion has created a thriving space for young professionals to manage their projects and organize data, and offers the flexibility and customization options that a younger, cloud-savvy demographic demands.

Notion’s success is due in part to a vibrant community of early adopters attracted to the product’s clean, accessible user experience and freedom for personalization. A beacon in the landscape of community-led growth, Notion leverages the keen interest of its ambassadors to build social proof, showing the world why Notion is a great productivity tool for storing, organizing, and sharing information. Notion users demonstrate an almost endless array of use cases and advocate for the product’s potential as a personalized repository for all things related to creative task and project management.

Notion golf doc

Bolstered by its enthusiastic cohort of unpaid but passionate product ambassadors, Notion continues to grow on an impressive trajectory.

So, what does GRID bring to the table?

GRID is one of the best available tools for visualizing and communicating everyday numbers and calculations. We value simplicity, clarity, and ease of use – brand characteristics that appeal to many of the same users who call Notion home.

Additionally, both GRID and Notion are powerful no-code tools, proving how very inclusive and empowering no-code can be when it comes to serving a wide range of people with varying technical competencies.

As the numbers tool for a new generation, GRID’s goal is to help modern teams make fast work of the daily tasks that require analyzing, reporting on, and sharing numbers & calculations. Such work accounts for a tremendous expenditure of time and energy by knowledge workers around the globe – the same people who often struggle to effectively communicate key data stored in spreadsheets and databases.

For Notion users, this can mean not being able to fully utilize information in databases or being stuck with static data in reports or other projects. That’s where GRID can help. We want Notion users to discover how easy it is to turn data into dynamic charts and interactive calculators with GRID – to explore interaction elements like sliders, checkboxes, and input fields, and gain proficiency in our tool. By uniting GRID with Notion, users can truly maximize the communicative potential of their data.

With an ever-expanding range of accepted data sources including (but not limited to) spreadsheets and Notion databases, GRID offers users an increasingly personalized experience. We meet you where your work is. And of course, getting started in GRID means selecting data to work with! Read our guide to learn how to connect your Notion database to GRID in a few simple steps.

Take your data even further

So, what can you do with GRID’s Notion database integration, you may ask? Let’s take a look at the kind of projects you can create once you’ve connected your database.

This interactive forecast uses data from a Notion database connected to GRID. It’s visualized in GRID and embedded back into a Notion workspace as an interactive document. The interplay between interaction elements like sliders and input fields allows viewers to explore and uncover multiple possible scenarios in just a minute or two. You can play with the values, and see the outcomes in the doc change instantly. To learn how to use some of GRID’s most popular interaction elements, take a look at our blog on engaging interactive features.

GRID supports a large number of the same functions you’d expect to find in Excel and Google Sheets. One of the most powerful of these in this context is the Query function, which you can use to group, aggregate and order your data. It’s useful if you’d like to reorganize your columns alphabetically, for example.

Query can be even more effective when used together with our lightweight spreadsheet editor, GRID Scratchpad. This formidable combination of tools allows you to manipulate and make sense of data from various data sources, including Notion databases. Read more about entering data directly into GRID Scratchpad in this guide.

A second example to check out is this Golf tracker, a document that’s also made using data from a Notion database and visualized in GRID. It’s differentiated from the first example in that this project employs the Query function to sort and aggregate the data, so we get a nuanced view of the statistics according to our selections. The following quick video will show you how Query works in GRID.

The Golf Tracker employs bar charts, a pie chart, and a searchable table element to make exploration easy via sliders, buttons, and dropdown selections. If you’re curious about which charts will give you the most bang for your buck, read our article on The 3 chart types that will get you everywhere.

If you’re intrigued, and you’ve got a Notion database to work with, it’ll only take a minute to get connected to GRID. GRID + Notion opens the door to massive possibilities for those who want to create and share engaging, data-driven projects with the world. Ready to try it out? Let’s go :)

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