Archive for Data Visualization

Revamping a Tired Data Table: A ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Reveal

Revamping a Tired Data Table: A ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Reveal

I met Mia Schmid in 2017 when she enrolled in one of my Dashboard Design workshops. Later, she reached out and shared her own before/after makeover based on what she learned in the training. Her makeover was so dramatic that I wanted to share it…

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Explore Your Spreadsheets with Miniature At-a-Glance Graphs

Explore Your Spreadsheets with Miniature At-a-Glance Graphs

I worked in several university research centers before transitioning to applied settings. My favorite position was as a researcher in a longitudinal study of adolescent development. We followed the same cohort of ~175 participants from their preteen years through adulthood. This is and was a…

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Home Visiting Dataviz: Three Steps to Making a Good Graph Great

Home Visiting Dataviz: Three Steps to Making a Good Graph Great

Whether you’re visiting a web site or a listening to a presentation, you’ve probably thought about data visualization as a helpful way to digest complex information. At its best, “data viz” communicates data simply and efficiently using a combination of graphs, graphics, and other forms…

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How to Write Your Reports in PowerPoint Instead of Word: Nine Tips for Getting Started

How to Write Your Reports in PowerPoint Instead of Word: Nine Tips for Getting Started

Hi! My name is Nick Visscher, I’m an internal evaluator with Denver Zoo. Our data work spans the gamut from collecting guest satisfaction insights to observing preschool kids in our nature play programming. With everything our team does we aim to help our staff improve…

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Soar Beyond the Dusty Shelf Report: New Online Course

Soar Beyond the Dusty Shelf Report: New Online Course

Nothing bothers me more than watching important information decay inside of Dusty Shelf Reports. Most “professional” reports are long, dense, unused, and forgotten about. Unfortunately I’ve got plenty of personal experience with Dusty Shelf Reports…   I used to write hundred-page reports for everyday people that had…

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