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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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Axis Labels, Data Labels, or Both? Four Line Graph Styles to Consider

Axis Labels, Data Labels, or Both? Four Line Graph Styles to Consider

Data visualization is more about strategic thinking than about following steadfast rules. Take a simple line graph, for example. How will you label your line graph? With vertical axis labels and light gray grid lines? With labels directly above or on top of the data…

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How Many Decimal Places Are Helpful?

How Many Decimal Places Are Helpful?

How many decimal places does your graph actually need? 2, 1 or 0 decimal places? Most of my projects are in the social sciences. Social science measurement is not exact. We’re often creating instruments and tools from scratch to gather information. There are no rulers,…

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Directly Labeling Your Line Graphs

Directly Labeling Your Line Graphs

I recently saw this graph at http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding. The topic caught my attention but the labels made me cringe. This graph is challenging to read in color (which turquoise category goes with which line?) and would be impossible to read when printed or photocopied in black…

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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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