How Drawing Makes Us Better at Data Visualization

Feb 23rd, 2021 / Data Visualization
“Which software program is best for data visualization???” This is one of the most common questions about getting started with graphs, charts, and diagrams. There are plenty of great software programs, like Excel and Tableau—and even PowerPoint! There’s also a lesser-known secret to creating strong data visualizations: hand-drawn sketches.
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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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Women in Data

Dec 1st, 2020 / Data Visualization
In September, I was invited to speak at a Women in Data panel alongside Rebeca Pop. Women in Data is an international non-profit organization started in 2015 whose mission is to bring women together for career advancement and an opportunity to uplift one another. We talked about our start in data visualization, how to approach data viz problems, data integrity and ethics, how get started (and stand out) in the data viz world and what we see coming in the future for the data viz world.
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How to Sketch, Doodle, and Draw Data Visualization Drafts by Hand

May 31st, 2016 / Data Visualization
Your job is to draw all the different versions of your dataset before you sit down to your computer. Draw, draw, draw. Aim for 5, 10, or 15 different types of graphs. The more you learn about data visualization, the more versions you’ll be able to draw. What would your dataset look like as a bar chart? As a stacked bar chart? A line graph? A pie chart? A tree map?
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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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