How to Find Your Custom Color Codes with a Style Guide (and Decode the Jargon)

How to Find Your Custom Color Codes with a Style Guide (and Decode the Jargon)

“Ann, which colors should I use in my graphs?” You should start with your organization’s existing color palette. Consultants, I suggest using your client’s palette, not your own. Show that you’ve gone the extra mile in customizing your work especially for them. This is one…

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Color-Coding to Make Dense Information Feel Less Complicated

Color-Coding to Make Dense Information Feel Less Complicated

Last week, a workshop participant asked me who I hired to design my materials. At first, I thought she was joking. When she assured me that she wasn’t making fun of me, and that she loved my design, I taught the participants these simple techniques. Here’s…

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Transforming a Table: Four Charts and Four Different Stories

Transforming a Table: Four Charts and Four Different Stories

A few weeks ago I gave the keynote speech at the Alabama Power Foundation’s Elevate conference for several hundred of their grantees and partners. What a day! As part of the most-practical-keynote-you’ve-ever-heard emphasis, we included makeovers from the grantees’ real projects. In case it’s useful…

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Visualizing Survey Results: Check-All-That-Apply Questions

Visualizing Survey Results: Check-All-That-Apply Questions

Most of the surveys I’ve designed, analyzed, and even taken have included a check-all-that-apply question. Today’s post includes three ideas for visualizing those survey questions and a bunch of transparency about my own mistakes along the way.   The Survey Questions Last month I spoke with Harvard University graduate…

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Visualizing Survey Results: Crowded Agree-Disagree Scales

Visualizing Survey Results: Crowded Agree-Disagree Scales

There’s more than one way to visualize those agree-disagree survey scales. Today, let’s look at seven of your choices.   Survey results Last month I spoke to Harvard University graduate students about visualizing survey results. I made up some fake numbers to accompany their real survey questions….

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