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Make A Lollipop Graph in Excel

Make A Lollipop Graph in Excel

The simplest way to show many types of data is through a column or bar chart, ordered greatest to least. These will work just fine, most of the time. When do they fall short? Well, when the values are all high, such as in the 80-90% range (out of 100%). Then the set of tall columns […]
State of the Union 2016 Slideshow

State of the Union 2016 Slideshow

Dudes, the State of the Union is my Superbowl. I look forward to this event like some people anticipate the Oscars. This is my deal. Why? Because the enhanced version of the SOTU features a data-based slideshow, a perfect study in how graphics can help underscore a point. And, as every year, the White House […]
Data Viz Challenge Redesigns!

Data Viz Challenge Redesigns!

Last week I launched a challenge to redesign financial info from the Gates Foundation annual report. I was looking for entries that made the data more engaging than a table, matched the level of design of the rest of an annual report, and still reported each element originally presented by Gates. Every entry that hit […]
Data Viz Challenge: Gates Annual Report Financials Page

Data Viz Challenge: Gates Annual Report Financials Page

So! This was fun. Yesterday I published a post where I pleaded with nonprofits and foundations to add viz to the financials page of their annual report, which is usually just presented as a table of numbers. I shared two redesigns that I made. The one I remade for Gates got a lot of, um, […]
Data Visualization for Non-Profit & Foundation Annual Reports

Data Visualization for Non-Profit & Foundation Annual Reports

Annual reports are where non-profits and foundations pull out their designer big guns. This is where they show off their muscles, like studs on the beach. The annual report is the place where an organization oils its accomplishments til they shine. The annual report is so important, most organizations still put in the cash to […]
My 2015 Personal Annual Report

My 2015 Personal Annual Report

Yowza, what a year! And it is only December 2! I’m writing from my hotel room in Boston. This week I’ve been working with Annie E Casey Foundation (Baltimore), Education Development Center (Boston), and the Ad Council (New York City) – and what a set to round out another awesome year of fantastic clients and fun […]
What #TLDR Means For Your Report

What #TLDR Means For Your Report

The short answer: It means your report is boring. #TLDR means Too Long, Didn’t Read. And it’s what people say/tweet/think when they get a report that is so long and cumbersome that it’s a burden to read. That said, the long report is not going away any time soon. I have loads of strategies for […]
Holiday Swag for Your Favorite Data Nerd

Holiday Swag for Your Favorite Data Nerd

Introducing new designs on practical, household items. I’m talking about graphs on flasks! Your favorite data nerd is going to love one of these. BAM shopping done. Both designs says “DRINKS FOR DATA NERDS.” They have a y-axis which is the amount of liquid remaining in the flask and an x-axis called “my condition.” The […]
Professional Standards for Data Visualizers

Professional Standards for Data Visualizers

To my fellow data visualizers: As a field grows in size and maturity, there comes a time to set forth professional standards of conduct, to help us both align our practices and communicate to our potential clients that we are an organized and respectable group of colleagues. Standards need at least semi-consensual development (and I’ll […]
How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality: The Bleeding Infestation Example

How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality: The Bleeding Infestation Example

Sometimes, whether we know it or not, the choices we make when we visualize data can reinforce and even perpetuate racial disparity and it’s time that we talk about it. The lull of the computer monitor and the belief we are just working with numbers can make us lose sight of the fact that there […]

RT @siteconf: #SOTU from a #dataviz perspective: perfect study in how graphics can help underscore a point by @evergreendata https://t.co/O…

Pin chart! Lollis will make more sense in a future post, I promise. https://t.co/CkgR5wEM0U

RT @onyxfish: Hey data journalist friends: I wrote the missing footnote for all your maps of the world. https://t.co/iJ8VOFM9YL https://t.c…

@Nsousanis congrats!

proofing Effective Data Visualization https://t.co/xaNUhZANP3 https://t.co/28NljblEtR

RT @Timo_Havain: #PowerPoint is open for development ideas. Good job @Office @powerpoint https://t.co/nG6Xq0wtUQ

RT @Joyfle1: @evergreendata thanks for the great idea! https://t.co/2DlIOFfPOp

My kind of pie! Save me a slice. https://t.co/vWLQnjG45S