A theme that approximates the style of The Economist.

theme_economist(base_size = 10, base_family = "sans",
  horizontal = TRUE, dkpanel = FALSE)

theme_economist_white(base_size = 11, base_family = "sans",
  gray_bg = TRUE, horizontal = TRUE)

Arguments

base_size

base font size

base_family

base font family

horizontal

logical Horizontal axis lines?

dkpanel

logical Darker background for panel region?

gray_bg

logical If TRUE, use gray background, else use white background.

Value

An object of class theme().

Details

theme_economist implements the standard bluish-gray background theme in the print The Economist and economist.com.

theme_economist_white implements a variant with a while panel and light gray (or white) background often used by The Economist blog Graphic Detail.

Use scale_color_economist() with this theme. The x axis should be displayed on the right hand side.

The Economist uses "ITC Officina Sans" as its font for graphs. If you have access to this font, you can use it with the extrafont package. "Verdana" is a good substitute.

References

Examples

library("ggplot2") p <- ggplot(mtcars) + geom_point(aes(x = wt, y = mpg, colour = factor(gear))) + facet_wrap(~am) + # Economist puts x-axis labels on the right-hand side scale_y_continuous(position = "right") ## Standard p + theme_economist() + scale_colour_economist()
# Change axis lines to vertical p + theme_economist(horizontal = FALSE) + scale_colour_economist() + coord_flip()
## White panel/light gray background p + theme_economist_white() + scale_colour_economist()
## All white variant p + theme_economist_white(gray_bg = FALSE) + scale_colour_economist()
# NOT RUN { ## The Economist uses ITC Officina Sans library("extrafont") p + theme_economist(base_family="ITC Officina Sans") + scale_colour_economist() ## Verdana is a widely available substitute p + theme_economist(base_family="Verdana") + scale_colour_economist() # }