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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Getting Started with Sketchnoting: A Conversation with Emily Mills

Jan 5th, 2021 / Data Visualization
I recently had the chance to talk with Emily Mills, who is a professional illustrator and expert in sketchnoting. Emily was a guest speaker in our Report Redesign course. She walked us through the basics of sketchnoting, her career, why hand drawn images stop the scroll, the cool brain science behind sketchnoting, and then led us through some drawing exercises.
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Designing Visual Appendices for Your Next Report—In Under an Hour

Nov 10th, 2020 / Data Visualization
A couple years ago, I worked on a report that summarized survey responses from both universities and their students. Even with hundreds of survey responses and dozens of survey questions, we kept the report’s body to just six pages! How’d we choose which findings to include in the report’s main body?! That can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s much easier to pare down our report’s content when we’ve got appendices to back us up. I’ll walk you through what can – and should- be put into appendices and introduce you to the better version… visual appendices.
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