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When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

When Your Graph Is Too Smooshed to Read

You want to display a lot of historical data–great! But sometimes we have so many points in time that our graph’s labels get smooshy. In this post, I’ll show you a before/after data visualization makeover in which we selectively labeled a few key milestones in…

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Removing Redundancies from My Old Graphs

Removing Redundancies from My Old Graphs

This morning I keynoted a conference in Tallahassee. Data visualizers who critique others before critiquing themselves make me gag, so I opened my talk with a trip down memory lane. Check out this beauty¬†from one of my earliest jobs. I’ve anonymized it but 99.9% of…

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How to Place Labels Directly Through Your Line Graph

How to Place Labels Directly Through 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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Axis Labels, Numeric Labels, or Both? Line Graph Styles to Consider

Axis Labels, Numeric Labels, or Both? 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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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 grayscale….

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