Tag archive for small multiples

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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Disaggregating with Small Multiples

Disaggregating with Small Multiples

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kampala, DC… it’s been a wonderful few months in the data visualization workshop world!   My favorite part of data visualization workshops? The airports. Kidding. Watching jaws drop when folks are introduced to small multiples layouts for…

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At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

A few weeks ago I showed you how to create small multiples bar charts simply by creating a stacked bar chart in Excel with invisible white segments. In 5 minutes or less! Today’s strategy takes a few minutes longer, but the result is worth it. The Original: A Data…

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From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under 5 Minutes

From Data Table to Small Multiples in Under 5 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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