Designing Templates to Improve Workflow and Efficiency

Jul 4th, 2022 / Reports
One of the most useful and time-saving tricks that Stephanie Gentle learned was how to set up theme colors and theme fonts. She set up customized colors and fonts for each of the publication types that she regularly produces, so that she can quickly select the appropriate style for any new communication product.
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Change Takes Time: How to Practice Patience in Report Redesign Processes

May 16th, 2022 / Reports
Guest author Abby Henderson started to have conversations with her colleagues about how they could change their reporting. She started by suggesting they add more data visualizations and fewer tables. When she met resistance to this idea, she started to produce two versions of the reports. One version included the tables they were accustomed to, and the second version included more elements of data visualization. Through providing both options, Abby was able to slowly garner traction and buy-in on including data visualizations.
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Accessibility Quick Wins: Lower the Reading Level

Dec 7th, 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, or that it’s complicated. Those are all false. We need to lower the reading level. Not because our readers dumb, but because they’re busy. They need to be able to understand what you wrote the first time—not the second, third, or fourth read-through.
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10 Tips for Redesigning Reports

Nov 16th, 2021 / Reports
2011 called. It wants its 100-page reports back. It wants its portrait reports back. It wants its text-heavy reports back. Ready to revamp your technical reports? Here are 10 quick wins to improve your next text-heavy document.
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3 Common Reporting Hurdles—and How to Overcome Them

Jun 22nd, 2021 / Reports
I work with a lot of different groups — government, universities, foundations, nonprofits, for-profits, etc. Every organization has a little bit different communication style… but they all have one thing in common: everyone has reports of one kind or another. I spoke with Alli Torban on her podcast, Data Viz Today to share 3 common reporting hurdles I see and how to overcome them.
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