Steve’s Blog

How many lines are too many?

By |2023-11-28T22:11:04+00:00October 26th, 2023|Business Visualizations, Makeovers|

And how many colors are too many, too? Overview There are a lot of ways to show measures over time for multiple categories. I want to explore what works, when it works, and make sure that a particular technique catches your interest. But first… a big shout out to Nick Desbarats whose book, Practical Charts, [...]

More thoughts on visualizing uncertainty in survey data

By |2023-10-04T23:28:36+00:00October 4th, 2023|Business Visualizations, Visualizing Survey Data|

I recently participated in a LinkedIn Live discussion about how to visualize uncertainty in survey data with Bob Walker, Anna Foard, and Jon Cohen. I find myself contemplating whether we have a type of moral obligation to try to make sure our audience understands that there may be a big difference between the survey results [...]

Visualizing Uncertainty in Likert Data Over Time

By |2023-09-15T16:33:16+00:00September 13th, 2023|Business Visualizations, Visualizing Survey Data|

Helping your stakeholders see and understand margin of error in survey data. A deep thanks to Anna Foard and Jonathan Drummey for their assistance, Ben Jones for the foundational work behind for my initial explorations, and Ryan Corser for asking me to look into this. Update: an earlier version of this post was titled "Visualizing [...]

Monday Music Musings – No, that’s not James Jamerson, Part 2

By |2023-08-14T14:36:58+00:00August 12th, 2023|Music Musings, Sports and Entertainment|

I wrote previously about a great bassline that people attribute to James Jamerson, but was performed by then 18-year-old Michael Henderson. Here's another bassline that sounds like Jamerson, but isn't. In 2015 the music world lost Wilton Felder. Most people familiar with Felder know him as a brilliant saxophone player and founding member of the [...]

Cross-Function Mobility Recap

By |2023-08-09T15:57:25+00:00August 7th, 2023|Business Visualizations, Chart Chat, Makeovers|

Here's a recording and recap of Real World Fake Data meets Chart Chat: Showing cross-function mobility in HR data 0:00 Introduction and Agenda 2:06 Backstory / Data 10:45 Assumptions, omissions, questions 14:09 Steve's initial take 16:30 Nicole Lillian Mark's submission 25:40 Dennis Kao's submission 33:10 Kevin Flerlage's submission 38:50 Andrzej Leszkiewicz's submission 50:10 [...]