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How to Objectively Measure Text Readability (and Lower Your Graph’s Reading Level)

How to Objectively Measure Text Readability (and Lower Your Graph’s Reading Level)

If viewers can’t read your graph, why bother making it? Accessibility is at the top of my priority list. A lot of things go into a data visualization’s readability, including: the graph type you select (3D exploding pie charts with 999 slices are inherently hard…

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When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

You want to display a lot of historical data–great! But sometimes we have so many points in time that our graph’s labels get smooshy. In this post, I’ll show you a before/after data visualization makeover in which we selectively labeled a few key milestones in…

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Six Reasons You Need Good Visuals in Your Presentations

Six Reasons You Need Good Visuals in Your Presentations

I love Echo Rivera’s enthusiasm and humor towards communicating scientific results. I’m often asked to talk about why visuals are so powerful, and I reached out to Echo to get her take. I know you’ll enjoy her article. She even has a free starter pack with…

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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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What Type of Handouts Will Accompany Your Presentation?

What Type of Handouts Will Accompany Your Presentation?

Some of you are responsible for writing formal reports for external audiences, and all the dissemination strategies that go along with formal reports, like press releases and transmittal letters. And some of you are responsible for sharing information with internal audiences, which typically happens in…

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