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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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Matching Graph Colors to Branding

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 Make a Heat Table in Excel

How to Make a Heat Table in Excel

Just because I adore graphs doesn’t mean that I shun tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report. Every report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables. When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide. When I’m…

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The Best Visualization Tool of All Time

The Best Visualization Tool of All Time

It’s your brain. A few of the million+ decisions your software program can’t make for you: 10. Which chart is best for your data. Yes, I’m well aware of Excel’s Suggested Charts feature. No, don’t even think about it. There’s no substitute for your critical thinking…

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