Escaping the Bar Chart

Jun 8th, 2021 / Data Visualization
Bar charts aren’t evil. But they’re overused. I talked about Designs to Start Using Instead at the DataScienceGO conference in April 2021. We talked about my three favorite techniques for exploratory data visualization– spark lines, data bars and heat tables– and then I gave them some different options for maps. Are you ready to escape the bar chart?
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How to Explore Your Spreadsheets with Miniature At-a-Glance Graphs

May 1st, 2018 / Dashboards
I worked in several university research centers before transitioning to applied settings and learned data analysis and data visualization as two distinct phases. But nowadays I mix and mingle them a lot. My favorite exploratory visualization techniques are sparklines and data bars. I use these techniques daily, and I want to share them with you, too.
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At-a-Glance Patterns with Area Charts

Aug 27th, 2014 / Data Visualization
A few weeks ago I showed you how to create small multiples bar charts simply by creating a stacked bar chart in Excel with invisible white segments. In 5 minutes or less! Today’s strategy to use area charts takes a few minutes longer, but the result is worth it.
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