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#DayDohViz: Play-Doh as a Tool for Data Visualization

#DayDohViz: Play-Doh as a Tool for Data Visualization

I often write about practical software how-tos. But at my core, I’m software-agnostic. I don’t care which software program you choose. I’ve seen stellar visualizations in good ol’ Excel and downright embarrassing visualizations in fancier software programs whose salespeople pretend that their software is a…

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Seven Tips for Formatting Tableau Dashboards: What We’ve Learned from Designing Dashboards at NASAA

Seven Tips for Formatting Tableau Dashboards: What We’ve Learned from Designing Dashboards at NASAA

I met Patricia Mullaney-Loss this spring and was excited to hear how Patricia and her colleagues are thinking carefully about the dashboards they design for their end users. Today, Patricia is sharing her top seven tips for designing visualizations in Tableau. Enjoy! –Ann Tableau dashboard…

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Revamping a Tired Data Table: A ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Reveal

Revamping a Tired Data Table: A ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Reveal

I met Mia Schmid in 2017 when she enrolled in one of my Dashboard Design workshops. Later, she reached out and shared her own before/after makeover based on what she learned in the training. Her makeover was so dramatic that I wanted to share it…

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How to Write Your Reports in PowerPoint Instead of Word: Nine Tips for Getting Started

How to Write Your Reports in PowerPoint Instead of Word: Nine Tips for Getting Started

Hi! My name is Nick Visscher, I’m an internal evaluator with Denver Zoo. Our data work spans the gamut from collecting guest satisfaction insights to observing preschool kids in our nature play programming. With everything our team does we aim to help our staff improve…

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It’s Not You, It’s Me: When You Realize Your Reports, Not Your Readers, Are the Problem

It’s Not You, It’s Me: When You Realize Your Reports, Not Your Readers, Are the Problem

I met Audrey Loper in 2017 while teaching a data visualization workshop to her grantees. Her data visualization progress after that workshop has been phenomenal. Keep up the good work, Audrey! A few years ago, I found myself in a frustrating predicament. I was writing…

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