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 / Data Visualization
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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How to Tell a Story with Data: Titles, Subtitles, Annotations, Dark/Light Contrast, and Selective Labeling

Feb 24th, 2016 / Data Visualization
Do your viewers want to see the data presented as-is (the traditional approach to data visualization)? Or, do they want you to cut to the chase and interpret the data (the storytelling approach to data visualization)? In this article, you’ll learn how titles, subtitles, annotations, dark/light contrast, and selective labeling can help you tell a story with data.
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