Screaming Cats, Scaredy-Cats, and TURDs

By |2021-01-18T15:24:11+00:00January 18th, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

January 18, 2021 Some thoughts about critique in data visualization. Background For the past 18 months I’ve been working on a new book (more on this in a moment). Last September, I asked some colleagues to review selected chapters. I asked everybody to review the preface, which included this passage: My friend Jonathan Schwabish provided [...]

WTF? Why doesn’t this survey data stuff work?

By |2020-12-11T14:04:56+00:00December 10th, 2020|Business Visualizations, Visualizing Survey Data|

Overview I’ve written almost ten years’ worth of blog posts on visualizing survey data using Tableau (see https://www.datarevelations.com/visualizing-survey-data/). The good news is that dozens of how-to articles that are currently on my website are relevant and the techniques work. That said, Tableau made a HUGE change in how you can model data with the release [...]

Set Controls and survey data – how to compare responses for this group vs that group vs overall

By |2020-09-30T14:24:58+00:00September 30th, 2020|Business Visualizations, Visualizing Survey Data|

September 30, 2020 Overview Tableau introduced Set Controls in 2020.2. Set Controls look like checkbox filters but instead of adding and removing data from a view they determine which elements are in a set and which are not. This feature can be very useful in visualizing survey data. But why not just use filters? [...]

Be careful what you amplify

By |2020-08-20T01:02:26+00:00July 19th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues, Makeovers|

Be careful what you amplify And some thoughts on color palettes / color ramps Background This tweet got a lot of attention recently (see https://twitter.com/andishehnouraee/status/1284237474831761408?s=20) Figure 1 -- Tweet suggesting that Georgia is trying to hide something. While I did not retweet it, I did blindly chime in that this looked like gross incompetence, [...]

Should you use dashboards to tell stories or to find stories?

By |2020-04-29T17:27:30+00:00April 29th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

Should you use dashboards to tell stories or to find stories? You can’t tell a good story if you don’t understand the data, and a good dashboard will help you understand the data, faster. My thanks to Adam McCann, Athan Mavrantonis, Andy Cotgreave, and Jeffrey Shaffer for reviewing and providing feedback. Why do we [...]

The person I watch, the people I follow, and the sites I follow

By |2021-01-17T19:12:52+00:00March 29th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues|

Overview I've written previously about how difficult it can be not to get sucked into the 24/7 Coronavirus vortex. I'm trying to be mindful of who and what I follow and wanted to share this. The person I watch I encourage you to watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily press briefings, even if [...]

Chart Chat Live — Round 11

By |2020-03-28T23:12:58+00:00March 26th, 2020|Business Visualizations, Chart Chat, Videos|

In this special Chart Chat Steve, Jeff, Amanda, and Andy try to give you the tools to parse and filter the barrage of data visualizations around the Coronavirus. We'll look at the history behind the "flatten the curve" diagram, why that curve is likely to be bumpy, how certain visualizations are truly helping people [...]