Ann K. Emery I design information and share my strategies through keynotes and custom workshops. - page 4

How the Sketching Process Works

How the Sketching Process Works

I’m back from a brief blogging break! I’ve spent the past few months speaking and designing – mainly designing. The reports and slideshows I’ve consulted on are starting to be published and it’s been so rewarding to watch organizations’ drafts transform into well-articulated masterpieces.   A…

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Will You Present the Data As-Is, or Tell a Story?

Will You Present the Data As-Is, or Tell a Story?

Viewer considerations are key: What type of information do your viewers need to see? What information do they already have? What information are they expecting? How many points in time should be included? Will you present aggregated or disaggregated findings? How long do you anticipate…

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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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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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How to Place Labels Directly on Top of Your Line Graph

How to Place Labels Directly on Top of Your Line Graph

I recently discussed four options for labeling line graphs. A personal favorite is to place the labels directly on top of the data points, like this: There’s been a lot of interest in this labeling technique, so here’s your step-by-step tutorial!   First, set up…

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