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Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

Today I’m pleased to announce that my book on creating and delivering better presentation design is available for pre-order! Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks (published by Columbia University Press) ships this fall. I wrote this book because I believe people who work with data and data-intensive content need to improve the way…

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Episode #43: Marie Whittaker

In this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I chat with Marie Whittaker from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in Washington, DC. With a small team responsible for providing economic insight to DC’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and dozens of local agencies, DMPED is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and…

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Episode #42: Ben Jones

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. I’m happy to have Ben Jones on the show this week. Ben writes about data visualization on his popular blog Data Remixed and also helps run Tableau Public. Ben is a prolific writer, blogger, speaker, and teacher. We talk about the recent Tapestry Conference, whether word clouds are worth anything,…

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A Ranty Post about CC0 Licensing

I’m a big fan of free stuff. Big fan. It’s basically why I take my kids to the Auto Show ever year. It’s why the exhibit area of every conference is so awesome—free pens, USB keys, phone wipes, even candy. I’m also a fan of free stuff when it comes to presentation design. It’s why…

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Episode #41: Mike Pell

As everyone knows, Microsoft creates a lot of stuff: software, hardware, services, cloud services, and more. But there is also a group at Microsoft that gets to play around and create cool stuff. In this week’s episode of The PolicyViz Podcast, I welcome Mike Pell, who leads design at Microsoft Garage. Mike also helped create Adobe…

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Interactive Tile Grid Maps

Yesterday, I wrote a tutorial on how to create a static tile grid map in Excel–today, I move onto creating an interactive version. The static tile grid maps are quite nice, but an interactive version would be kind of awesome. Creating interactive data visualizations in Excel is somewhat limited and clunky, and with new drop-and-drag…

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Tile Grid Maps in Excel

How many times have you heard someone rail against the use of maps in data visualization? The areas are not scaled to the data; geography distorts the patterns; you can’t accurately discern the quantities…. And yet, people love maps. They are familiar. We know where we live, where we’ve been, where we might want to…

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Episode #40: Zach Gemignani

Welcome back to The PolicyViz Podcast. This week, I’m pleased to chat with Zach Gemignani, CEO and Founder of Juice Analytics. Juice, a sponsor of the show, helps their customers analyze, visualize, and deliver their data. Their experiences with different clients demonstrates the challenges people have finding the right tools, management and organizational structures, and finding the…

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Better performance, less pay: The gender pay gap in soccer

This post was originally published on the Urban Institute’s blog, Urban Wire on April 7, 2016. Last week, five members of the US women’s national soccer team filed a wage-discrimination suitagainst the US Soccer Federation (USF). The players claim that despite generating significantly higher revenue than the men’s team (USF projects the women’s team will generate $17.6 million…

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Happy Birthday PolicyViz Podcast!

Today marks the first birthday of the PolicyViz Podcast! I posted the 39th episode with Alberto Cairo yesterday. Oddly enough, Alberto was my first official podcast guest a year ago, but I didn’t realize it was going to work out that way until I was getting the episode ready for posting. It’s been a pretty amazing…