Try to Avoid Color Legends

By |2021-04-04T19:04:33+00:00April 4th, 2021|General Discussions, Makeovers|

Let me show you a few techniques that will allow you to ditch color legends and in so doing make it easier for your audience to understand the charts you create. Direct Labeling Lines Here’s a “before” picture of a simple line chart with a color legend. Figure 1 - Line chart with color legend. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why you should continue to listen to music, read good books, and post funny videos

By |2020-03-24T14:51:42+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues|

Why you should continue to listen to music, read good books, and post funny videos As I sit sequestered in my home with my wife and dog, I find myself sucked into a funk as every conversation, news article, twitter post, etc., is about the Coronavirus. Right now, music, TV, books, and work all [...]