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...
Make It A Game

Make It A Game

I spend a lot of time talking about really serious data with incredibly focused people. I love them and I love my job. But sometimes I need to balance that out with some Lucky Charms. So while eating my bowlful of magically delicious sugar bombs the other day and...
Exporting Graphs from Excel

Exporting Graphs from Excel

I love when readers send me questions that I can turn into blog posts. The question: We often make our graphs in Excel and pop them in to reports or slides, but the transfer usually causes the formatting to get all wonky. How can we get print-quality graphics out of...
Timelines, 4 Ways

Timelines, 4 Ways

The least helpful timelines I’ve ever seen are these: where time is basically bulleted, as if each of these intervals is equidistant and as if a bunch of text is the best way to communicate something inherently not based in narrative. You are basically saying, this...
What I Do: Before and After Business Slides

What I Do: Before and After Business Slides

I help people design the best visual supports for streamlined conversations and decision-making. That’s just what New Client needed. He called to say “I need to look great at this meeting.” And by the time he got to that meeting, he looked great *and* he...