The 30-3-1 Approach with Unlimited Visual Appendices: The Bare Minimum for Designing Reports that Actually Inform Decisions

Jul 6th, 2021 / Reports
Want to design reports that actually inform decisions? With software you already have?? Nobody wants to pour blood, sweat, and tears into a document that sits on a dusty shelf. I recently gave a presentation where I shared about the 30-3-1 approach to reporting, which is the bare minimum for designing useful reports. And now I want to share it with you.
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Data Placemats: A 3-Step Process for Increasing Data Use

Jun 15th, 2021 / Data Visualization
Want to make sure that your data gets used to inform decisions? Get your stakeholders involved in the sense-making process! Are you familiar with data placemats? Here’s how they work: (1) Design Data Placemats, (2) Facilitate an Interpretation Meeting, and (3) Include those Insights in the Final Report or Slideshow.
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Why “Know Your Audience” is Terrible Dataviz Advice—and What to Do Instead

Jun 1st, 2021 / Data Visualization
Every time I scroll through social media, someone’s post is telling me: “Want to know the secret to great dataviz?! Know your audience!” “Want to make a great dashboard?! Know your audience!!” I mean… duh. “Knowing your audience” is terrible data visualization advice. What does that even mean?! It’s too broad. It’s too generic. It’s too beginner-level. What’s the alternative? Not know my audience? Ignore their preferences altogether? Of course not. In this article, let’s dive deeper. Let’s look at 8 specific, nuanced, advanced ways of “knowing our audience.”
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Dashboard Design and “The Big Picture” in Dataviz: A Conversation with Steve Wexler

May 25th, 2021 / Dashboards
I recently had the chance to talk with Steve Wexler, founder of Data Revelations, author of The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions- Faster and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios. We talked about Steve’s career trajectory, his books, how he found Tableau, why he loves collaboration and much more.
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The Data Strategy Show with Samir Sharma

Jan 12th, 2021 / Dashboards
How can we design the best possible dashboards for business leaders? I addressed this question on the Data Strategy Show with Samir Sharma. We talked about challenges companies face when trying to visualize data, what we should be thinking about when creating or re-designing dashboards and how to learn more about data visualization as a whole.
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Women in Data

Dec 1st, 2020 / Data Visualization
In September, I was invited to speak at a Women in Data panel alongside Rebeca Pop. Women in Data is an international non-profit organization started in 2015 whose mission is to bring women together for career advancement and an opportunity to uplift one another. We talked about our start in data visualization, how to approach data viz problems, data integrity and ethics, how get started (and stand out) in the data viz world and what we see coming in the future for the data viz world.
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