More about Population Pyramids (and why this community is amazing)

By |2020-02-15T21:23:37+00:00February 6th, 2019|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

February 6, 2019 My earlier post on why I don’t like Population Pyramids generated a lot of communication on twitter and this communication lead to what I think is an elegant and analytically solid offering from Chris Love.  His contribution was in the result of iterating and collaborating with several people, including Dorian Banutoiu [...]

Good enough, good enough, good enough, and *not* good enough

By |2020-02-15T21:49:08+00:00January 21st, 2019|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

Some thoughts on why pursuing the perfect chart is not a great use of your time January 22, 2019 Background During Chart Chat (Round Two) I discussed my affection for the lollipop chart and why I thought it was an acceptable alternative to the bar chart. My friend and colleague, Chris Love, was watching [...]

A Bar Chart and a Pie Chart Living in Harmony

By |2021-03-14T16:42:43+00:00December 2nd, 2018|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

And a great way to visualize Pareto analysis December 2, 2018 Special thanks to Lindsey Poulter, Andy Cotgreave, Jeffrey Shaffer, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Robert Kosara, Adam Crahen, and Joey Cherdarchuk. Overview While at this year’s Tapestry conference (by far my favorite conference) I had the good fortune to literally bump into Joey Cherdarchuk from [...]

Is this better than a Jitterplot? Could be

By |2020-02-16T23:25:08+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Visualizing Survey Data|

July 22, 2018 Overview After writing my blog post about why I still love the Jitterplot, I got some thoughtful feedback from Adam McCann, Jeffrey Shaffer, and the always provocative Daniel Zvinca. Dan had written a wonderful article suggesting a Stingray plot as an alternative, and Jeff and Adam’s comments encouraged me to revisit [...]

Thank you, Joe; Thank you, Kelly

By |2020-02-17T02:32:44+00:00March 6th, 2018|General Discussions|

As we finish awards and recognition season (Academy, Gartner Magic Quadrant, Zen Master Hall of Fame, Razzi’s, etc.) I want to pause to make sure readers of this blog are aware of the contributions of two extraordinary data visualization practitioners who have not been very visible in the Tableau community for the past year [...]

Comparing a target group with the entire population

By |2017-12-18T20:11:26+00:00December 18th, 2017|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Visualizing Survey Data|

December 18, 2017 Updated September 27, 2018 to include single-select questions. Special thanks to Shaelyn McCole at Hootology who suggested the topic, Ryan Gensel at CPI who came up with a wonderful enhancement to the connected dot plot, and Jeffrey Shaffer at Data Plus Science who suggested some cosmetic improvements. Note: The original blog post only [...]

How to take the “screaming cats” out of stacked bar and area charts

By |2017-11-26T13:48:52+00:00November 26th, 2017|Business Visualizations, General Discussions|

November 25, 2017 Special thanks to Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Cotgreave, and Rody Zakovich for feedback that helped improve the dashboard that appears at the end of this post. Overview It seems I’m not the only person who has been thinking about stacked bar charts (see posts from Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Jonathan Schwabish, and Andy Cotgreave.) [...]