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Qualitative Data Visualization: The Gauge Diagram

Qualitative Data Visualization: The Gauge Diagram

guest post by Jennifer Lyons When we debuted our Qualitative Chart Chooser last November, we promised to dive into detail on specific visualizations, so let’s kick it off by discussing how and when to use one of the most derided charts of all: the gauge diagram. I know, I know… I am sure you are […]
One Free Pie Chart

One Free Pie Chart

If I could, I’d ban pie charts. Not because they are inherently bad, but because most people don’t know the pie chart’s tiny range of acceptability. Here it is: Pie charts are ok if you don’t need the numbers on the wedges to get the story. That usually means you’ll be limited to very few […]
How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3

How We Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality Part 3

Last week a friend told me the story of a well-intentioned nonprofit that designed teaching materials for Native American populations, in which they unintentionally perpetuated inequality. He described one piece that included a picture of the scales of justice. I didn’t get the significance, so he explained that while most white people see the scales of […]
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 of sorts that tracks my key performance […]
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 confusing, fast. Which line […]
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 holiday card to my clients every year and I […]
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 like making homemade risotto. You are standing over the stove (aka hunkered down with your computer), waiting patiently for the magic to happen. It’s […]
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 squares). The general idea […]
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 labels, which are larger than source information. The smallest text – […]
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 Chooser cards are simple and easy to use. They help you choose […]

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@cisey you're welcome! So fun!

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RT @net2van: #Qualitative Data Visualization: The Gauge Diagram https://t.co/CBKwuaFqAk When numbers aren't a fit for your #dataviz @evergr

Audible groans when this slide came up at #evalYOW17 https://t.co/t6IOW826cy

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So much fun keynoting & workshopping #dataviz at #evalYOW17 https://t.co/nDkqzXnW9d