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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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The Simplification & Emphasis Approach to Editing Graphs

The Simplification & Emphasis Approach to Editing Graphs

I teach about data visualization a lot. And it basically comes down to two techniques: simplification and emphasis. Here’s a default graph with fictional data: First, simplify the graph. Remove the border. Remove the horizontal grid lines. Remove the vertical axis. Remove the legend. Remove…

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Removing Graph Clutter: Don’t Forget the Leader Lines

Removing Graph Clutter: Don’t Forget the Leader Lines

Software typically gets better with time. New graph types are added, more color palettes are available, and editing tools¬†are¬†easier to locate and faster to use. Excel 2013’s leader lines are an exception. Leader lines are those gray or black lines that connect the labels with…

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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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How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

The only thing I love more than analyzing research data is analyzing personal finance data. In both cases, simple descriptive statistics and basic charts can shine a spotlight on interesting patterns and help people choose their course of action. Not too long ago, a friend…

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