Can Your Dataviz Have an Influence on School Reopening Plans?

Our organizations collect all this data—through surveys, assessments, interviews, and so on—and then what? The default: The data just sits there inside a Dusty Shelf Report. But what if your data could actually inform real-life decisions? I recently sat down with Vivian Jefferson from Loudoun County Public Schools, a growing district in the Washington, D.C. metro area who shared that her graphs had been featured on the news (!!!).
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Learn How to Make Great Graphs in Excel with Ann K. Emery

Jun 23rd, 2020 / Data Visualization
Our software how-to visualization course, “Great Graphs: Excel How-To’s,” is open for once-a-year enrollment between June 22-26, 2020. We started building this virtual training in 2018. Since then, we quadrupled the videos and templates. We added Office Hours so you can pick my brain about your individual projects. We added Discussion Boards and a Facebook group to build community. We added Guest Experts so you can learn about programs beyond Excel. We added Lifetime Access. This Excel dataviz training is the best it’s ever been.
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Visualizing COVID-19 Data Responsibly: An Interview with Amanda Makulec

May 12th, 2020 / Data Visualization
In April, I sat down with Amanda Makulec, one of my longtime data an evaluation friends, to learn about visualizing COVID-19 responsibly. Amanda is the Data Visualization Capability Lead at Excella; a co-organizer for Dataviz DC; and the Operations Director for the Data Visualization Society (DVS). She’s also one of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to visualizing COVID-19 data.
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Behind the Scenes with Elissa Schloesser, One of My Favorite Information Designers

Apr 22nd, 2020 / Data Visualization
Elissa Schloesser is one of my favorite information designers. We’ve partnered on a number of projects over the years, from full-length technical reports to one-page summaries. I recently interviewed Elissa about her career path. Data visualization is still a fairly new area and so many women working in data, like Elissa, have blazed their own career path. Elissa shares about her background, her career path along with tips for working with a graphic designer.
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