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The Best Visualization Tool of All Time

The Best Visualization Tool of All Time

It’s your brain. A few of the million+ decisions your software program can’t make for you: 10. Which chart is best for your data. Yes, I’m well aware of Excel’s Suggested Charts feature. No, don’t even think about it. There’s no substitute for your critical thinking…

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Disaggregating with Small Multiples

Disaggregating with Small Multiples

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kampala, DC… it’s been a wonderful few months in the data visualization workshop world!   My favorite part of data visualization workshops? The airports. Kidding. Watching jaws drop when folks are introduced to small multiples layouts for…

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Muted Grid Lines: Small Details, Big Difference

Muted Grid Lines: Small Details, Big Difference

A few posts ago, I showed you this collage of area charts, which could be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and used as a discussion starter at a meeting: This is made-up data, but I share handouts like these at meetings all the…

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Span Charts: When You’ve Only Got the Min and Max

Span Charts: When You’ve Only Got the Min and Max

A few months ago I received a copy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An article about nonprofit CEO salaries caught my attention. Let’s zoom in and check out that data table: Nevermind that the data (salary ranges) has nothing to do with the article (turnover)….

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I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? [Guest post by Isaac D. Castillo]

I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? [Guest post by Isaac D. Castillo]

You’ve taken great care to visualize your data and prep for your big conference presentation… until disaster strikes. Get back in the game with today’s post from Isaac Castillo. –Ann   I present today, but I lost my voice! What do I do? By Isaac…

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This is What Equidistant Axis Labels Look Like

This is What Equidistant Axis Labels Look Like

Let’s pretend you’re tracking whether friendly reminder messages bring in more responses to your survey. Can you spot the fatal flaw? See it? Go check out the x-axis. Where the heck are Days 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, and 20? (This is where you…

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6 Ideas for Displaying Qualitative Data

6 Ideas for Displaying Qualitative Data

I used to conduct qualitative-heavy research projects pretty much all day every day. Key informant interviews, bellwether interviews, document review, focus groups, you name it… …so I know from personal experience that 99.9% of qualitative reports look like this: Which is fine, unless you want someone…

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