Matching Graph Colors to Branding

Feb 9th, 2016 / Data Visualization
Color is about much, much more than simply making your graphs look pretty. Adding color to graphs is simultaneously the easiest and absolute hardest technique to nail. When used well, color can enhance branding when you match your publication’s color palette to your brand and logo. I’ll walk you through the steps.
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Accessibility Quick Wins: Remove Legends and Directly Label

Nov 30th, 2021 / Data Visualization
How do we make our graphs more accessible? There’s a misconception that accessibility takes all day, that’s it’s costly and complicated. Those are all false. Accessibility is woven into all my trainings, but since this is a topic I get asked about a lot, I decided to make a new talk that’s focused just on accessibility for dataviz.
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How to Engage Your Audience with “Choose Your Own Adventure” Presentations

May 11th, 2021 / Presentations
Ready for an advanced presentation technique? Want to make sure your audience is engaged? No, those 10-minute Q&As at the end of a presentation don’t count as adequate engagement. Let’s notch up our engagement! In this blog post, you’ll learn about the “Choose Your Own Adventure” method for engaging our audiences during presentations. You’ll see a brief demo of the Choose Your Own Adventure method, a behind-the-scenes tour of my slides and a discussion of the caveats so you can decide when to use this method.
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How to Transform a Table of Data into a Chart: Four Charts with Four Different Stories

Jul 18th, 2017 / Data Visualization
A few weeks ago I gave the keynote speech at the Alabama Power Foundation’s Elevate conference for several hundred of their grantees and partners. What a day! As part of the most-practical-keynote-you’ve-ever-heard emphasis, we included makeovers from the grantees’ real projects. In case it’s useful for my blog readers, I’m sharing one of those makeovers with you today.
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24 Conditional Formatting Visuals in Microsoft Excel that Should Be Retired

“You should go work at Microsoft and fix Excel’s terrible formatting.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this from workshop participants. Bill Gates, are you reading this?? Microsoft Excel is lonnnnng overdue for some updates. Don’t get me wrong—it’s still my favorite program. With 750 million users worldwide, I won’t be switching to anything else. It’s used by every business professional I know for at least part of their workflow. I’m getting tired of making excuses for Microsoft. Here are 24 conditional formatting visuals that should be retired ASAP because they’re ableist, time-consuming to read, or look like they’re from 1995.
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