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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. […]
Directly Labeling in Excel

Directly Labeling in Excel

It’s time to ditch the legend. You know – the legend, the key, the thing to the right of the graph that tells the reader what each piece of your graph means. We don’t need it. Legends are actually hard for many people to work with because they put a burden on the reader to […]
Visualizing Likert-type Data: Try Aggregated Stacked Bars

Visualizing Likert-type Data: Try Aggregated Stacked Bars

Man, do researchers love Likert-type data! You know what I mean – the kind of survey response options that range from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree (or vice versa, depending on your allegiances). Probably the most common way of visualizing that data is via a stacked bar chart, just like the one below created by […]
When It’s OK to NOT Start Your Axis at Zero

When It’s OK to NOT Start Your Axis at Zero

Don’t kick me out of the dataviz club for this. For a long time, folks have been adamant that the y axis has to start at zero. Otherwise, we are exaggerating the scale of the graph, distorting data, and lying like we work for Fox News. I’ve had my reservations about this but been comfortable […]

Announcing The Rad Presenters Podcast!

I know some really rad presenters. One of the raddest in Jon Schwabish, which is why I’m absolutely thrilled to launch a brand new podcast with him. The Rad Presenters Podcast! Each episode we will cover a new topic related to presenting – picking great images, the array of slide deck software, audience engagement strategies, […]
Evergreen Evolving

Evergreen Evolving

I took a deep breath and I did it. I changed my Twitter handle. This is a big deal. Things sure are evolving around here. It goes like this: I fell into the field of evaluation. Like most people on the planet (including my parents), I had no idea what evaluation was. My grad school […]
Death Penalty Graphics

Death Penalty Graphics

What kind of imagery do you use when talking about the death penalty? I was out west a few months ago, working with Rakesh Mohan and his army of awesome. In the past, I had pressured them to use graphics in their reports and slides. And they did! Only the pictures they chose were government […]
Declutter Dataviz with Small Multiples

Declutter Dataviz with Small Multiples

Are you making graphs that look like this crap? I won’t make you raise your hand. But let’s just agree not to do this, yeah? It’s SUPER hard to compare the tops of a bunch of bars. Two side by side bars per region ain’t so bad but beyond that and we are just being […]
The Easiest Way to Make Bullet Charts in Excel

The Easiest Way to Make Bullet Charts in Excel

There are lots of ways to make bullet charts, some easier than others, some better suited for specific visualization contexts. Hell, there are plug-ins you can purchase that make it a snap. Except when my plug-in broke and I had to remake about a bazillion bullet graphs in several dashboards. :/ doesn’t even begin to […]
Guest Post – Charting Confidence Intervals

Guest Post – Charting Confidence Intervals

Hi there! I’m Angie Ficek and I’m a program evaluator at a small evaluation consulting firm called Professional Data Analysts, Inc. (PDA) in Minneapolis, MN. In a previous post, Stephanie wrote about adding standard deviations to a dataviz. I responded to her post with an example of how we add confidence intervals to our charts. […]

RT @ImADataGuy: Anyone else see something wrong with this? #datavisualization @evergreendata Good cause, bad math http://t.co/wcQMJS87QE

2 of the worst fonts, combined into 1 http://t.co/5YH662i8xP

@clysy @laurabeals @SheilaBRobinson @AnnKEmery this http://t.co/CAVld759Ej also handouts are going to be discussed on the podcast soon!

RT @LegoAcademics: Green initiative: Dr Black has only used recycled presentation slides for the past 3 years. http://t.co/MqzxL5xjWc

@seanlahman how do you find the time?

RT @leeclowsbeard: If your PowerPoint presentation also works as a leave behind, you’re doing both wrong.

Missed flight = sketching my 2014 personal annual report on the only paper available (my spare workshop handout) http://t.co/fQZg0gj3fa

I'm suddenly amazingly sleepy.

Wow, heading home after my last workshop of the year. Look for the total number I've given on my annual report, out soon.