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Heat Table How-To in Excel

Heat Table How-To in Excel

Just because I adore graphs doesn’t mean that I shun data tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report, and each report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables. When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide….

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Six Alternatives to the Clustered Bar Chart

Six Alternatives to the Clustered Bar Chart

We can all agree that 3-d exploding pie charts are pretty rotten. My vote for worst chart? The clustered bar chart. I see clustered bar charts everywhere. E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. On pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of reports. In slides 1, 2, 3,…

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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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