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How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3

How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3

Last week a friend told me the story of a well-intentioned nonprofit that designed teaching materials for Native American populations, in which they unintentionally perpetuated inequality. He described one piece that included a picture of the scales of justice. I didn’t get the significance, so he explained that while most white people see the scales of […]
My 2016 Personal Annual Report

My 2016 Personal Annual Report

Every year I say this has been the best year ever and every year it is true. Daily, I’m grateful for work I love with amazing people. Thanks for being a part of this with me! Since 2011, I’ve been creating a personal annual report. It’s a dashboard of sorts that tracks my key performance […]
Two Alternatives to Using a Second Y-Axis

Two Alternatives to Using a Second Y-Axis

Almost as often as I see a pie chart with a hundred tiny slivers, I see line graphs using two y-axes. And it is just as bad. Graphs like this appear in every industry, everywhere I consult all around the globe. Using two y-axes is not a great idea because it gets confusing, fast. Which line […]
Data Nerd Holiday Swag

Data Nerd Holiday Swag

One of the smartest branding moves is to keep yourself top-of-mind with clients when you aren’t in the throes of discussing contract details. The new year is a perfect opportunity to remind your clients that you are both fun AND serious about data. I send a holiday card to my clients every year and I […]
Qualitative Chart Chooser

Qualitative Chart Chooser

Hi. Hey there. Having a rough day? I have something to make it a little brighter. It’s my associate, Jennifer Lyons, with a qualitative chart chooser. ———————————- Visualizing qualitative data is like making homemade risotto. You are standing over the stove (aka hunkered down with your computer), waiting patiently for the magic to happen. It’s […]
Election Night Trap Map

Election Night Trap Map

Since none of us can escape election coverage, no doubt you’ve seen voter and poll data displayed on some unusual maps. 538 is showing electoral votes as a hex map (made up of hexagons) and the Wall Street Journal did the same as a tile map (made up of tiles, or squares). The general idea […]
Updated Data Visualization Checklist

Updated Data Visualization Checklist

Tweaked and clarified, here is the updated Data Visualization Checklist. Ann and I adjusted 5 of the checkpoints. Text size is hierarchical and readable Titles are in a larger size than subtitles or annotations, which are larger than labels, which are larger than axis labels, which are larger than source information. The smallest text – […]
Announcing Chart Chooser Cards

Announcing Chart Chooser Cards

Chart Chooser cards are simple and easy to use. They help you choose the best type of chart to display and format your data. Each chart card shows you the common name of the chart type, a description, a visual example, when it is used, and what type of data set it’s best for. The […]
Strong Titles Are The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Strong Titles Are The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you do nothing else to improve a weak visualization, you’ll still seriously improve its interpretability by giving it an awesome title. Generally we use weak titles that don’t really tell us the point of the visualization: I think this is because we make our graphs in Excel, which pops in the two-word “Chart Title” […]
Your Data Visualization Secret Weapon

Your Data Visualization Secret Weapon

You want to know the trick to fixing most scary data visualizations? The answer to horrifying stuff like this?   What does one do when the graph gives you the shivers?   http://viz.wtf/post/142740495532/spaghetti-sans-meatball   The answer is always going to be: Small Multiples. Break the graph down into multiple tiny graphs, all on the same scale, arranged […]

Awesome! Let me know how it goes. Maybe I can swing by next time I'm in Portland. https://t.co/yoAmzHhuUY

RT @jpafford_nisd: I believe this is SO important! Thanks for your POV and honesty! #realtalk https://t.co/krlnnbaPFz

@sara_mayo @guardian Right?! Why is this still a thing????

RT @ecgrim: Very timely & thoughtful post from @evergreendata: "How We Unintentionally Perpetuate #Inequality Part 3" #dataviz #eval #equal

@sara_mayo @guardian Mine were fake news about Hillary and that's definitely not due to my browsing habits.

@guardian great article with questionable ads.

"People assume that the numbers are manipulated and dislike the elitism of resorting to quantitative evidence." https://t.co/OAeFpRtNZ3

RT @GinaJohnsonIR: It's not too early to think about nerdy statistical Valentine's cards. Funny stuff: https://t.co/ibZNIMoVbA. #IRWaterCoo

New Post: How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3 https://t.co/Xre4r7tUsM#dataviz

New Post: How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3 https://t.co/Xre4r7tUsM #dataviz https://t.co/TxwYf4wVBV