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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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When Pie Charts Are Okay (Seriously)

When Pie Charts Are Okay (Seriously)

Within the past year, I’ve led 60+ in-person and virtual workshops for 2,800+ participants. Most of these trainings have focused on data visualization best practices and how-to’s; other topics have included dashboard automation, research methods, and data analysis. I can always tell when someone has…

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Be Careful with the Y-Axis…

Be Careful with the Y-Axis…

I was recently working with an organization to improve their graphs for an upcoming conference presentation. Notice anything funny about the height of these bars? The shortest bar, for 2012, represents 26,000 youth. But the tallest bar, for 2010, represents 27,000 youth. 26,000 and 27,000…

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How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

How Data Visualization Supports Decision Making

The only thing I love more than analyzing research data is analyzing personal finance data. In both cases, simple descriptive statistics and basic charts can shine a spotlight on interesting patterns and help people choose their course of action. Not too long ago, a friend…

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From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under Five Minutes

From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under Five Minutes

When social scientists like me have lots of data, we tend to put it in tables. There’s nothing wrong with tables. They contain infinite¬†details within a finite and teeny¬†space, and they give the reader freedom to draw his or her own conclusions about which details…

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