Are Viewers Expecting a Story? Lightning Talk from the DATAcated Expo

Jan 11th, 2022 / Data Visualization
How do you modify a graph so that it’s just right for your audience? Surely a group of scientists will need something different from a group of policymakers. Some audiences adore data. Others don’t. Some audiences have plenty of time. Others don’t. In this blog post, you’ll learn about: the differences between default, traditional, and storytelling graphs; which techniques can help you tell a story with data (e.g., dark colors); and when to use each type of graph.
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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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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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The Data Visualization Design Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

May 1st, 2014 / Data Visualization
Visualizing numbers in charts, graphs, dashboards, and infographics is one of the most powerful strategies for getting your numbers out of your spreadsheets and into real-world conversations. But it can be overwhelming to get started with data visualization. In this step-by-step data visualization guide for beginners, I’ll walk you through the data visualization design process so that you can transform your spreadsheets into stories.
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