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Traditional Table for the Report, Heat Table for the Presentation

Traditional Table for the Report, Heat Table for the Presentation

Back in college I was so obsessed with data that I voluntarily wrote a 66-page thesis about adolescent development. The “Before” Version: Data Table in the Research Report My paper was filled with these: A major piece in the data visualization puzzle is understanding your…

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Visualization in 2015: New Year’s Resolutions to Further Your Data Development

Visualization in 2015: New Year’s Resolutions to Further Your Data Development

What do you foresee happening in the visualization field this year? Promising changes are underway. You can move the field forward and further your own professional development at the same time. Repeat these mantras with me. This year, I resolve to: …commit to easier-to-read layouts. The…

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Developing a One-Page Annual Report

Developing a One-Page Annual Report

At a recent Board of Directors meeting: “I think I’ll design a one-page annual report for the Washington Evaluators!” Draft 1 At the meeting: “Which metrics would we include? Maybe stats about the number of members, number of events held, brown bag topics….?” Look closely, can…

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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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