The Graphic Continuum

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…

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The Challenge of Teaching Data Visualization

You want to increase your skills when it comes to creating effective, captivating, and informative data visualizations. I want to teach you. But with this, comes certain challenges. It is these challenges that I hope to discuss in a SXSW 2015 panel (along with three expert colleagues: Cole Nussbamuer, Kaiser Fung, and Ben Schneiderman).But we…

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Go West Young Man

On Saturday, I head to the west coast for 11 days–the first week in San Francisco and then a few days in Seattle. That’s a long time to be away from my family, but it’s an amazing opportunity to be a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. While there, I’ll work with…

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Maps Need Context

I co-authored this post with Bryan Connor of The Why Axis fame. This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s Metrotrends blog. It might be the case that maps are the most data-dense visualizations. Consider your basic roadmap: it includes road types (highways, toll roads), directions (one-way, two-way), geography (rivers, lakes), cities, types of cities (capitals), points of interest (schools,…

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A simple remake for a simple chart

This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s Metrotrends blog I had a hard time visually picking out the story in a simple chart published by the Financial Times earlier this week. There was nothing special or particularly complex about the chart—it’s a simple clustered column chart—but the fact that I couldn’t easily see the story made…

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Presenting your research? Try telling a story

This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends blog. One of the hot buzzwords in data visualization these days is “storytelling”: telling stories with data, using visualization to help tell stories,…stories, stories, stories. But no one, it seems, has really defined the term. A number of great blog posts recently (for example, here, here, here, here, and here) have…

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The importance of selling research

This post originally appeared on the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends blog. A quick story: A few months ago, I was chatting with one of my former graduate school professors. I was telling him about a client who was concerned that his organization wasn’t selling their work enough; that their reports weren’t being as widely read as…