What Makes a Useful Data Story? 5 Questions to Ask 

Jan 17th, 2022 / Data Analysis
Ready to tell a story with data Great! Let’s remove the guesswork from our graphs. The next step is to figure out which message we’ll highlight. We can’t visualization everything—that dilutes the power of our graph. Here are five thought-starter questions to help you uncover useful nuggets in your data.  
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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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How to Declutter Your Cluttered Stacked Bars

I have a love-hate relationship with stacked bars charts. They’re a great way to show part-to-whole patterns (like an easier-to-read pie chart). But, like pie charts, they feel overwhelming once we add a bunch of different categories. Are they the worst chart of all time? Perhaps. Here’s how to make stacked bar charts more bearable.
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Home Visiting Dataviz: Three Steps to Making a Good Graph Great

Apr 26th, 2018 / Dashboards
Whether you’re visiting a web site or a listening to a presentation, you’ve probably thought about data visualization as a helpful way to digest complex information. At its best, “data viz” communicates data simply and efficiently using a combination of graphs, graphics, and other forms of design. So what makes a good graph great?
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