Qualitative Chart Chooser 3.0

Qualitative Chart Chooser 3.0

Stephanie’s Note: A year-ish ago, we released our qualitative chart chooser and we loved it to pieces but, like most things in life, we immediately wanted to change some things. We collaborated with some researchers steeped in qualitative data collection and...
Book to Read: Innovative Evaluation Reporting

Book to Read: Innovative Evaluation Reporting

When I first started talking about presenting data effectively, Kylie Hutchinson came up to me in her bad ass black leather jacket and said if I needed a mentor, she was available. That’s how cool she is. When I talk about how effective it can be to introduce...
How to Make Dumbbell Dot Plots in Excel

How to Make Dumbbell Dot Plots in Excel

Data visualization is so cool because it helps you see things that would otherwise take a looooooot of effort. Here’s an example. Some very sweet clients in Maricopa County, Arizona (that’s the greater Phoenix area, friends) had a habit of presenting super important...
Data Nerd Thank You Cards

Data Nerd Thank You Cards

In years past, I designed for you cards to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day and the winter holidays like the data nerd you really are. But truth be told, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love the food, the focus on family, and the deep expressions of...
Anyone Can Do Graphic Design, Even You

Anyone Can Do Graphic Design, Even You

This is the kind of post you either love or hate. You hate it if you are a graphic designer. When graphic designers are in my workshops, they usually spend the first part nodding their heads in passionate agreement because I’m educating their research team on things...
Don’t Visualize

Don’t Visualize

Here’s the deal: People primarily look at pictures. That’s why we visualize data – to get people to look at it. But if we waste the short amount of attention people are willing to extend to us by showing them visuals that don’t convey a point, we quickly teach them to...
Evergreen Collections

Evergreen Collections

The end of August marks an important moment for me because it is when I quit my salaried job to work on data visualization and design full time. 5 years! It remains one of my best decisions. So, I like to celebrate it with you. Last year, I launched the Evergreen Data...
Visualizing Not Applicable or Missing Data

Visualizing Not Applicable or Missing Data

Yes, I know the jig is up. All of my examples in books and workshops are pretty tidy, as if every response options was addressed by every single respondent. The truth is that life and data collection are messy. How can we show that different questions have different...