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12 ideas to become a competent data visualization thinker

October 27th, 2017|6 Comments

It began with a tweet: Data tweeps: Help! I need to become a competent data viz thinker, well, immediately. Are there "must-read" sources that y'all can suggest? — Lindsey Leininger (@lindsleininger) September 27, 2017 In [...]

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A companion post to my NTTS2017 presentation

March 14th, 2017|Comments Off on A companion post to my NTTS2017 presentation

This post summarizes a few key points in my NTTS2017 effective data visualization for statistical offices

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On alternative pizzas, pie charts and datavis pedantry

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on On alternative pizzas, pie charts and datavis pedantry

So our usually calm data visualization corner on Twitter was shaken by this tweet: quickly followed by this one: What was all the fuss about? Well, Elijah Meeks summarizes it nicely: So, [...]

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10 reasons why you should take Excel dashboards seriously

February 24th, 2017|1 Comment

This post on how to make Excel dashboards was one of the first I published here, and it still is one of the most popular posts. But I actually prefer broader data visualization discussions than Excel tips & tricks. [...]

The drunken speedometer: the most dangerous chart alive

January 17th, 2017|5 Comments

I have a soft spot for bad and seemingly hopeless charts and graphs. All they deserve a second chance, so I try to help them out of the gutter. The other day, I was roaming [...]

The 3 min datavis

November 18th, 2016|2 Comments

I wanted do have something special for my students. And I don't like wasting training time explaining how to make a chart. So I decided to record several dozen videos showing how to make charts [...]

Etiquette for scientists

July 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Etiquette for scientists

You are a brilliant scientist and you just made an amazing discovery. You want to announce it to the world. So you prepare a few slides and decide to use that cute font, Comic Sans. [...]

Get off my shoulders, said the giant

June 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Dear Stephen Few I'm writing this assuming that my book Data at Work was one of the targets of your post “Data Visualization Lite”. If that is the case, thank you for spending some of [...]

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Bullet charts: an easy way to make them in Excel [Data at Work series]

June 16th, 2016|5 Comments

(All the Excel charts in my book are available for download, but I promised to write tutorials for a few of them. This is the first one.) Name: Bullet charts What it is used for: to [...]

Suddenly, the colorful lollipop turns into a dangerous match

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Suddenly, the colorful lollipop turns into a dangerous match

It surprised me. And it shouldn't. You see, there is nothing wrong in using data for the sole purpose of creating aesthetically pleasing visual objects. On the other hand, if you want to make sense of the [...]

Write your own data visualization stylebook

June 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Write your own data visualization stylebook

A long time ago I tweeted about the need for everyone in the data visualization community to write a book. I wasn't joking: if you only tweet or write a few posts, you can't possibly [...]

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The cave

June 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on The cave

Stephen Few and Alberto Cairo (Alberto is the host, that's why he doesn't say much) And now let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: --Behold! human beings living [...]

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In addition to a great deal of data visualization experience, Jorge is one of the world’s great experts in Excel; he’s one of those guys who can make Excel do things that were never intended or imagined and certainly never directly supported by its creators.
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Jorge Camoes has a mission. He wants to help the world make sense of the ocean of data that we are beginning to swim in. Jorge wants you to understand and make sense of data (…) I’m going to email the URL of his blog to colleagues who work with me in the Cabinet Office. Wouldn’t it be great if could help present our data in some of the exciting formats he examines on his site.
Tom Watson, Former Member of Parliament
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