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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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The Data Visualization Checklist, 2016 Edition

The Data Visualization Checklist, 2016 Edition

Back in 2014, we launched the Data Visualization Checklist. Today, we bring you the updated version! Download your revised Data Visualization Checklist. What’s included in the updated Data Visualization Checklist? Stephanie and I tweaked five items: Text size is hierarchical and readable Labels are used…

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More than Looking “Pretty” – Matching Graph Colors to Branding

More than Looking “Pretty” – Matching Graph Colors to Branding

Adding color to graphs is simultaneously the easiest and absolute hardest technique to nail. Color is about much, much more than simply making your graphs look pretty. When used well, color can enhance branding, guide viewers’ eyes to the most important pieces of the graph,…

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