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My New Favorite Graph Type: Overlapping Bars

My New Favorite Graph Type: Overlapping Bars

Why have I fallen in love with this graph type? I think its because its such a great way to visualize the comparison between two things, when one is inherently a part of the other. In recent client projects, I’ve used these to show actual v. budgeted amounts. Or individual v. aggregate scores. Or those […]
Marketing Yourself as a Public Speaker

Marketing Yourself as a Public Speaker

After years of making my way as a public speaker, 40 podcast episodes interviewing other public speakers, and a groundswell of people asking me how to grow their public speaking business, how about we chat for a few about what marketing strategies work and what don’t? What Works Before you go trying to shake your […]
Book Club with Alberto, Andy, and Jorge

Book Club with Alberto, Andy, and Jorge

So far this year we’ve seen a ton of great books on data visualization published! What an awesome time! I got together with Alberto Cairo, Jorge Camoes, and Andy Kirk to talk about our books and the writing process in general. Not sure which of the latest dataviz books to purchase? This group interview highlights […]
How Middle School Math Pays Off

How Middle School Math Pays Off

Dear Mrs. George’s students, Awhile ago I met your teacher at a wedding reception. Her bestie married my father. As one does when engaging in small talk, she asked me what I do for a living. Me: I teach people how to present data. Ever seen a really terrible PowerPoint? Mrs. George: Of course. Death […]
Guest Post: 6 Fab Formatting Tips for Surveys

Guest Post: 6 Fab Formatting Tips for Surveys

Note from Stephanie: I asked Sheila to write this post because I still get tons of questions from readers about how to take the design I recommend for data visualization and apply it to survey design. I’m not a survey expert, but Sheila is! Hi! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, a program evaluation nerd turned survey design […]
Design of an Award Winning Report

Design of an Award Winning Report

So long as we are going to write reports, we might as well make them heavy on the visuals and do everything in our power to make the report easy to navigate, especially in a mobile reading culture. There are lots of ways to do this but one of my favorites comes from a team […]
Automatically Updating Graphs in Word or PowerPoint

Automatically Updating Graphs in Word or PowerPoint

I have so much money in the bank I’m going to give away my number one reporting time saving secret (HAHAHAHAH not at all! I’m giving it away because I love you and I want to make your life easier). This is how you link Excel to your other reporting software so that your charts […]
The Problem with Dashboards (And A Solution)

The Problem with Dashboards (And A Solution)

Dudes, I’ve been discussing dashboards forever. I’ve consulted with dozens and dozens of clients on dashboards. And through all of that experience, I’ve discovered that dashboards kind of suck. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for a succinct complication of performance on key indicators. It sure beats a 200 page slide deck. But […]
How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 2

How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 2

Last time Vidhya and I posted on this topic, we addressed how the use of color to visualize individuals can do more harm than good. This time Vidhya joins me again to talk about poverty and opportunity. Organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area community identified and started tracking indicators of poverty in relation to regional economic […]
The Difference Between Sloppy and Pro

The Difference Between Sloppy and Pro

This is the hardest part of design to get right. It’s what differentiates sloppy, weak design from that which looks tight. It’s the use of a grid. Arrangement matters. It’s the sort of thing that gets talked about in design workshops, but people tend to get so caught up by fonts and icons that the […]

National newspaper publishers meeting at my hotel & wanted to #dataviz flash mob somehow https://t.co/NctbI0KxAC

RT @disparityreport: Attended awesome workshop on data visualization yesterday! FF @evergreendata https://t.co/yRm4yxBfOF

The danger of real time dashboards & the need for slow data https://t.co/CdBnjCyY3Y

Into R? Grab the code to make a few of the #dataviz on my latest book here https://t.co/vYgCyR66yZ Thanks @dckallos !

RT @nancyduarte: To be heard, a message must be authentic & audience-centric. Honored to have helped @SenWarren create this talk https://t.…

RT @VizWizBI: How Middle School Math Pays Off via @evergreendata https://t.co/MfpqtkX9ed

RT @SAGE_Methods: “‘What’s your point?’ [...] The most important question to ask when creating a data visualization” @evergreendata https:/…