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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. […]
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 […]

@KateHG4 there was an @aeaweb coffee break on this awhile ago. Check the archive.

@kyle_e_walker @dckallos yes - when the book is out!

@kyle_e_walker @dckallos we are experimenting for the next book!

@albertocairo @visualisingdata @jschwabish I stand corrected. By this criterion, Cairo won.

Upcoming @RadPresenters episode! RT @albertocairo I'm going to be interviewed by @evergreendata and @jschwabish today. What an honor!

RT @kyle_e_walker: Working on @evergreendata-style dot plots in #rstats w/#ggplot2 - chart of the most unequal countries by Gini index http…

Looking for something a little closer to home? Come to my 3 hr #dataviz workshop w/ @AnnKEmery in #chicago this April http://t.co/wH2z9mCA99

@kyle_e_walker Love it. And thanks - book 2 will also help!

In the Netherlands? Registration just opened for my 2 day #dataviz workshop there in November http://t.co/Avi5eSKWgB

@kyle_e_walker nice! What do the different colors mean?