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Great Graphs: 20 Hours of Data Visualization Lessons over 12 Months with 14 Instructors

Great Graphs: 20 Hours of Data Visualization Lessons over 12 Months with 14 Instructors

As I head into my fifth year of running my own data design company, I’ve got some exciting news to share: Today, I’m launching Great Graphs, which is my third online course! This course is about classic data visualization principles, practical software how-tos, and advanced…

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Reenvisioning a University’s Annual Report with Saturation, Annotations, and Icons

Reenvisioning a University’s Annual Report with Saturation, Annotations, and Icons

Last fall I had the honor of keynoting the Southeastern Library Assessment’s Conference in Atlanta. We talked about a few data visualization principles, like showcasing your takeaway message with dark colors and clear text. Then, we worked together to transform the graphs, dashboards, and reports…

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Seven Tips for Formatting Tableau Dashboards: What We’ve Learned from Designing Dashboards at NASAA

Seven Tips for Formatting Tableau Dashboards: What We’ve Learned from Designing Dashboards at NASAA

I met Patricia Mullaney-Loss this spring and was excited to hear how Patricia and her colleagues are thinking carefully about the dashboards they design for their end users. Today, Patricia is sharing her top seven tips for designing visualizations in Tableau. Enjoy! –Ann Tableau dashboard…

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How to Objectively Measure Text Readability (and Lower Your Graph’s Reading Level)

How to Objectively Measure Text Readability (and Lower Your Graph’s Reading Level)

If viewers can’t read your graph, why bother making it? Accessibility is at the top of my priority list. A lot of things go into a data visualization’s readability, including: the graph type you select (3D exploding pie charts with 999 slices are inherently hard…

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When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

You want to display a lot of historical data–great! But sometimes we have so many points in time that our graph’s labels get smooshy. In this post, I’ll show you a before/after data visualization makeover in which we selectively labeled a few key milestones in…

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