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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 […]
Numbers, Guts, & Culture: How Data Visualization Changes the Conversation

Numbers, Guts, & Culture: How Data Visualization Changes the Conversation

Numbers have power, if you have the courage to use them powerfully. Take these two stories from opposite ends of the 20th Century.  The first story is about a man in a steel mill. The second is about the crash of a giant. Charles Schwab had a mill manager whose people weren’t producing their quota of work. […]
My 2014 Personal Annual Report

My 2014 Personal Annual Report

Holy smokes it’s been a big year! I finished up my last workshop of 2014 last week and as I got into the cab to head to the airport, a wave of major sleepiness hit me hard. I’ve been super crazy productive and worked with some of the most amazing clients and become a pro […]
Customizing Colors in Excel

Customizing Colors in Excel

Few things scream “I didn’t try very hard” more than using the Excel default color schemes. Good news is that changing them up isn’t really very hard at all. First, decide what other colors you would like. Maybe pick something from your organizational brand. I used ColorBrewer to come up with the color scheme here. […]

I promise we tried to help this year. We did. MT @ProfHarlan Good info at #AERA15 but wish @evergreendata was here to "Evergreen" the presos

@ProfHarlan ME TOO.

RT @KD_eval: Esp when communicating to executives MT @aeaweb So what’s the most important ? in DataViz? @evergreendata explains. http://t.c…

Love this. Have an upcoming blog post that talks about an exception. #dataviz https://t.co/D3kKjGJDJ8

@BillDeBaun How much do you like this person? Can you ask that question out loud? ;)

RT @FastCoDesign: Cymbolism gives designers data on which colors best convey specific feelings: http://t.co/CwY0x1TywM http://t.co/8NtBNB4a…

RT @ainvienna: A guiding question for data visualization: "What’s your point?" By @evergreendata http://t.co/hbf2wbk34M #dataviz #chart

"This page intentionally left blank" is my bane of existence.

RT @pinkyswearing: I used Harry Potter spells 2x at #PyCon today in those convos that decay into devs namedropping obscure libs & software.…

RT @RadPresenters: Consistent fonts & colors contribute to look & feel, even if photos/images aren't the same style. Latest episode http://…