Ann K. Emery I design information and share my strategies through keynotes and custom workshops. - page 2

How to Find Your Custom Color Codes with an Eyedropper

How to Find Your Custom Color Codes with an Eyedropper

You know you’re supposed to customize your color palette to match your organization’s branding. You know you can find your color codes in your existing style guide. But what if you don’t have a style guide? Or can’t find it because it’s buried within your…

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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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Visualizing Survey Results: Check-All-That-Apply Questions

Visualizing Survey Results: Check-All-That-Apply Questions

Most of the surveys I’ve designed, analyzed, and even taken have included a check-all-that-apply question. Today’s post includes three ideas for visualizing those survey questions and a bunch of transparency about my own mistakes along the way.   The Survey Questions Last month I spoke with Harvard University graduate…

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