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When I Don’t Mind Radar Graphs

When I Don’t Mind Radar Graphs

Most of the time, I think radar graph are deployed wrong. They are designed to show percentages along several categories – like a bar graph could – but the axis are distributed around a central point, such that the percentages link together and create a shape. Choosing a radar graph, then, is a decent choice […]
Academia, The Last Bastion of Change

Academia, The Last Bastion of Change

Wherever I travel, without fail, the people who are most resistant to making the necessary changes to present data more effectively are academics. I wish I was kidding. After all, I used to be one. Some of my best friends are academics. Even the young ones who are on board with better design when they […]
Visualizing Tiny Trends Over Time

Visualizing Tiny Trends Over Time

I say: Trend over time? You say: Line graph! I know, that’s how it goes, right? We are so used to seeing trends over time visualized as line graphs that even my 3rd grader can interpret them with ease. But sometimes it helps to have other options that better fit your data. Let’s say you are […]
The Most Important Question in Data Visualization

The Most Important Question in Data Visualization

What’s your point? Seriously, that’s the most important question to ask when creating a data visualization. And its the first thing I ask a client who sends me data for redesign. What’s your point? The answers drive nearly everything about visualizing that data. Here’s how that conversation often goes: Client: “Thanks for working with us, […]
Guest Post: Sid Ali on Visual – Yet Formal – Reports

Guest Post: Sid Ali on Visual – Yet Formal – Reports

Stephanie’s Note: So so often I get emails from readers asking for examples of how full reports can incorporate more graphic design while still maintaining credibility and seriousness, especially for more conservative audiences. Sid’s report is a nice example of how well-considered images can boost engagement and appeal. Nice work, dude! Like many of you, […]
Visualize Branching Questions with Nested Area Graphs

Visualize Branching Questions with Nested Area Graphs

This, my friends, is a nested area graph. I got this idea from the smart people at Innovation Network, including my frequent copresenter in crime, Ann Emery. And it is super amazing at visualizing the sequence of survey questions that branch. The kind where it says “if you said Yes, proceed to question 32” and […]
Stop Asking if the Slides are Available

Stop Asking if the Slides are Available

The thing is, if the presenter has done a great job, you really don’t want the slides. No really, you don’t. A long long time ago, Garr Reynolds taught me that if someone can look at your slideshow and tell all the things you are going to say, there’s no need for you, as the […]
Guest Post: Chari Smith with a 1 Page Research Summary

Guest Post: Chari Smith with a 1 Page Research Summary

Stephanie’s Note: Readers are always asking me for more examples of a 1 page research or executive summary and Chari Smith of CRSmith Consulting has a really nice one here that is visual and yet doesn’t involve a single graph! I have a long history of working with the Willamette Valley Development Office [Stephanie’s Note: […]
Data-Driven Decisions in a Fortune 500

Data-Driven Decisions in a Fortune 500

More and more, organizations are on board with the idea of becoming “data-driven.” Collecting data on key indicators is a big step ahead from where many organizations used to be. But being able to interpret that data and share it with others in an intelligent way is equally as important and most organizations don’t focus […]
How a Dashboard Changes the Conversation

How a Dashboard Changes the Conversation

Presenting data effectively changes the kinds of conversations that can happen inside organizations. Better presentations shape an improved culture of decision-making. Let me tell you about a recent example of this. Late 2012 I got a call from an evaluation officer who was working at the Walton Family Foundation. (Yep – *those* Waltons. Whatever your […]

RT @albertocairo: Paradox: Article recommending everyone to learn visual comm. gets bubble proportions wrong http://t.co/x7jRfjm0TX http://…

Lovely discussion w/ @VivianT88 abt work at @wtgrantfdn to connect research to policy & practice. http://t.co/aBV8q6dw6Z let's include viz!

RT @ravikarkara: @evergreendata absolutely lovely connecting - lots to do Data Visualization - World We want http://t.co/lQ1JoaYpHS

RT @zsuzsiness: Excited to hear convo w/ @evergreendata at @RockefellerFdn on data dashboards!

@ravikarkara you could maybe use this? http://t.co/cfsVB9l9wL

Humbled by the honor. https://t.co/Fq1d9l2jIo

RT @jorgeluis500: I transformed a paired bar chart I had in #Tableau into this. Via @acotgreave http://t.co/lUtbLmawPg http://t.co/FEelZk8l…

Loving the interactivity with such a simple graph http://t.co/cfsVB9l9wL Try it!

@PassengerShame how am I going to reach down and get my laptop out of my bag without making contact? http://t.co/qlvwo9SGF1