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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 […]
Guest Post: Best Practices for Control, Run, and Pareto Charts

Guest Post: Best Practices for Control, Run, and Pareto Charts

Nicole contacted me with an email subject line: Thank you for the Data Viz Checklist! and she said she’d been using the checklist to overhaul some of her organization’s data visualizations. I’ve invited her here to showcase her before and afters. I’m Nicole Huggett and I recently transitioned into a healthcare position where I was […]
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 […]

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