10 Years of Blogging

10 Years of Blogging

Friends, I’ve been writing this blog for 10. Whole. Years. Actually, it is 10 years and 2 months. The exact date flew right by as I was busy pandemicking. This has been a long road. The very first post I ever wrote, published May 3 in the before times of the...
So What?

So What?

In the introduction to our dataviz workshop at a Fortune 50, the Chief Operating Officer told the room of his employees that he was looking forward to seeing their work improve as a result of what they learned with us. Because, he said, what they wanted to see on the...
Shaky Data Viz Advice

Shaky Data Viz Advice

The biggest a-ha moment that came from my dissertation was discovering what shaky ground we stand on in data visualization. When my friends heard I was going to study data visualization, they filled my desk with books from Edward Tufte, Stephen Few, and even Garr...
How to Not Host a “Manel”

How to Not Host a “Manel”

After a dust up on Twitter that I’ll explain below, I got so many white dudes in my DMs who wanted me to personally educate them on how to host a more inclusive set of keynotes and panelists at their conference. So I’m writing this post, without...
Neutral Isn’t Neutral

Neutral Isn’t Neutral

When you are asking your survey respondents to report their feelings or sentiments, it can make sense to provide a neutral response option. Sometimes. Other times I think we provide that option just because we think we should, because of convention. Dr. Sheila B....
Asked and Answered: Visualizing Ranking Data

Asked and Answered: Visualizing Ranking Data

This blog post is part of a series called Asked and Answered, about writing great survey questions and visualizing the results with high impact graphs. Dr. Sheila B. Robinson is authoring the Asked series, on writing great questions. Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is...
You Probably Need Gridlines

You Probably Need Gridlines

A while back, I published a blog post on how Better Charts Tell Clearer Stories, in which I made over some breast cancer data from Komen into this graph: and when I posted this image on Instagram, someone commented that they didn’t understand why I had used...