Makeovers Small edits add up to big impact.

All workshops and webinars include dozens of before/after makeovers like these so your staff can see how every edit makes a difference.

During my data storytelling workshops, I walk attendees through the step-by-step data visualization design process. First, attendees learn planning considerations so that they can customize graphs for their unique audiences. Then, we cover formatting considerations, like how to minimize the graph’s clutter and then intentionally draw attention to important sections of the graph with color and text.

Staff learn to write titles and subtitles that state the graph’s takeaway message; to add contextual clues with call-out boxes; and to label their graph with techniques that are legible for viewers with colorblindness.

During chart choosing trainings, I teach attendees to solve common problems like 3D exploding pie charts, cluttered bar charts, and spaghetti line graphs with more effective alternatives.

I share a variety of real-life examples so that staff can watch how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting. In this example, I needed to produce a one-page summary of a longer annual report. I began by sketching drafts on paper before I sat down to the computer. Information is grouped into chunks—Who We Are, What We Do, and Join Us. Finally, I used a five-level font hierarchy to guide viewers through each section. The fonts and colors matched the organization’s logo for enhanced branding.

My dashboard module is quickly becoming the most popular, and for good reason—why wait until the end of the year to hand your audience a lengthy report when you share data early and often with dashboards?