At the beginning of the pandemic, Mieko Yeh’s family had to fire her grandma’s caregiver due to a personality mismatch. Mieko designed an 11×17 one-pager about her grandma’s needs to share with incoming caregivers.
“How can I show my audience that 24,000 is a big number??” an evaluator asked me. She’s right; this is challenging. A single number on its own doesn’t tell us anything. Have you heard those (un)professional recommendations like, “Just type the 24,000 in large font so it grabs attention!” or “Add an icon next to the 24,000 to bring it to life!” Sigh. Want to bring numbers to life? We need to compare numbers to something. Here are two suggestions.
If you’ve read this blog before, or heard me speak, then you know that designing data visualization makeovers is one of my favorite activities of all time. I love redesigning pie charts, in particular.
I recently worked with a state public health agency that wanted to depict how many males and females were diagnosed with a disease and the age at which they were diagnosed. In other words, there were just two simple variables: age and sex.
We’ve all encountered redundant tables and graphs: You see a table. And then you see a graph nearby. You scan the table, and then you scan the graph, and then you scan the table again, zig-zagging your eyes around the screen and trying to figure out whether the table and graph are telling you the same information or whether they’re about two different topics entirely. Redundancies steal precious time from our days and force us to read two visuals instead of one—the table and the graph—when all we need is a single well-designed graph.