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Sidebars are Your Friend

Sidebars are Your Friend

Sidebars are an unsung hero of reporting. Sidebars are a way to offload details such as your methods or caveats about your data that are related but not a direct part of the narrative. Sidebars are not call out boxes. Call out boxes are for giving a tiny shout out to...

Why No One is Reading Your Report

Why No One is Reading Your Report

Here's the hard truth: Your report probably sucks. Mine sure did. The heart of your content is likely fine, maybe even helpful. But, if you are anything like the hundreds of reports I see every year, the entire set of cultural norms we have somehow developed around...

Use Proximity for Better Data Storytelling

Use Proximity for Better Data Storytelling

Recent clients, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, faced a design problem so common they didn't even know it was a problem. They were working on communicating some data from a program that aims to educate on healthy sexuality and reproductive health. They...

Makeover: Health Data Edition

Makeover: Health Data Edition

By far, my favorite emails to receive are from clients bragging about the beauty and impact of their work after our workshop. I just got one of these the other day from Becca Scranton at Arizona Department of Health Services. After thanking me for the workshop, she...