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Directly Labeling Excel Charts

My friend Stephanie Evergreen–who co-hosts the awesome Rad Presenters Podcast with me–published a post last week about labeling charts in Excel. In it, she offered some guidance about how to get rid of your default legends and directly label your charts in Excel. Stephanie’s post is consistent with a general strategy I use and refer to as…

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The Graphic Continuum – Desktop Version

In early September, Severino Ribecca and I released a poster-sized version of The Graphic Continuum, a collection of the wide array of visualization types. In it, we plotted over 80 different graphics across six main categories: Distribution, Time, Comparing Categories, Geospatial, Part-to-Whole, and Relationships. The Graphic Continuum does not include every type of graphic, nor does…

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Table > Graphics

Sometimes a table is preferred to a graphic. A recent blog post from the Brookings Institution included a reprint of this graphic from Martin Neil Baily (Brookings) and Aaron David Klein (Bipartisan Policy Center). The graph is taken from a recent conference presentation in which the authors examine the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…

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The Rad Presenters Podcast

Announcing The Rad Presenters Podcast! I know some really rad presenters. One of the raddest in Stephanie Evergreen, which is why I’m absolutely thrilled to launch a brand new podcast with her. The Rad Presenters Podcast! Each episode we will cover a new topic related to presenting – picking great images, the array of slide…

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Next PolicyViz Workshop

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be holding a special, two-day data visualization workshop on November 6th and 7th here in Washington, DC. Over the past year or so, I have taught a number of public data visualization workshops. The workshops provide participants with an overview of the field, an introduction to best practices and strategies, and…

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Inspiration for The Graphic Continuum

Last week, I wrote a post on Visually about the conceptual and design process behind The Graphic Continuum. In this post, I want to share some of the sources of inspiration for the project. I developed The Graphic Continuum with two goals in mind. First, I wanted to provide a data visualization classification system as…

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The Graphic Continuum

For more than a year, I’ve been working on-and-off on a project I call The Graphic Continuum. It’s my view of the many different types of visualizations available to us when we encode and present data. In some ways, it’s a larger, more comprehensive variation on other classification systems (for example, here, here, and maybe even here) that…

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Slide Revision Critique, Part 2

Yesterday, I critiqued a revision of an existing slide deck where I claimed that some of the design choices and text elements could be significantly improved. As someone who spends time thinking, writing, and teaching how to give great presentations, I found the use of serif fonts, stock images, and wide borders distracting and an…

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Slide Revision Critique, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I came across an older blog post describing a suggested redesign of a slide presentation. As someone interested in helping researchers and analysts improve their presentation slides, I felt that some of the redesign decisions were poorly conceived. High-quality slides should be simple, clean, and easy for your audience to follow without…