Makeovers

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 [...]

DON’T center, right-align, or justify text on a dashboard

By |2020-02-15T20:56:49+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

Or at least have a very good reason for doing so. Note: My observations are for dashboards in languages where one reads from left to right. If you create dashboards in Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, etc., just reverse everything. IMPORTANT: Since posting I've received lots of feedback on this. I want to clarify that [...]

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 |2020-02-16T17:34:38+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 [...]