My 2016 Personal Annual Report

My 2016 Personal Annual Report

Every year I say this has been the best year ever and every year it is true. Daily, I’m grateful for work I love with amazing people. Thanks for being a part of this with me! Since 2011, I’ve been creating a personal annual report. It’s a dashboard...
Two Alternatives to Using a Second Y-Axis

Two Alternatives to Using a Second Y-Axis

Almost as often as I see a pie chart with a hundred tiny slivers, I see line graphs using two y-axes. And it is just as bad. Graphs like this appear in every industry, everywhere I consult all around the globe. Using two y-axes is not a great idea because it gets...
Data Nerd Holiday Swag

Data Nerd Holiday Swag

One of the smartest branding moves is to keep yourself top-of-mind with clients when you aren’t in the throes of discussing contract details. The new year is a perfect opportunity to remind your clients that you are both fun AND serious about data. I send a...
Qualitative Chart Chooser

Qualitative Chart Chooser

Hi. Hey there. Having a rough day? I have something to make it a little brighter. It’s my associate, Jennifer Lyons, with a qualitative chart chooser. ———————————- Visualizing qualitative data is...
Election Night Trap Map

Election Night Trap Map

Since none of us can escape election coverage, no doubt you’ve seen voter and poll data displayed on some unusual maps. 538 is showing electoral votes as a hex map (made up of hexagons) and the Wall Street Journal did the same as a tile map (made up of tiles, or...
Updated Data Visualization Checklist

Updated Data Visualization Checklist

Tweaked and clarified, here is the updated Data Visualization Checklist. Ann and I adjusted 5 of the checkpoints. Text size is hierarchical and readable Titles are in a larger size than subtitles or annotations, which are larger than labels, which are larger than axis...
Announcing Chart Chooser Cards

Announcing Chart Chooser Cards

Update: After a successful Kickstarter campaign where we raised over 1,000% of our goal, the cards are in production and you can now order a deck, an infographic, and our templates from our permanent website. Thanks for your support, lovely people.   Chart...
Strong Titles Are The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Strong Titles Are The Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you do nothing else to improve a weak visualization, you’ll still seriously improve its interpretability by giving it an awesome title. Generally we use weak titles that don’t really tell us the point of the visualization: I think this is because we make our graphs...
Your Data Visualization Secret Weapon

Your Data Visualization Secret Weapon

You want to know the trick to fixing most scary data visualizations? The answer to horrifying stuff like this?   What does one do when the graph gives you the shivers?   http://viz.wtf/post/142740495532/spaghetti-sans-meatball   The answer is always going to...
Now Open: Evergreen Data Visualization Academy

Now Open: Evergreen Data Visualization Academy

Four years ago today, I took the leap from salaried employee to independent consultant. Since then, I’ve worked with scores of organizations to help them use their data as a tool to change culture and become a communication powerhouse. Today, on the anniversary...