Steve’s Blog

Chart Chat Live — Round 27

By |2022-02-25T22:57:35+00:00February 25th, 2022|Chart Chat, Videos|

Different approaches to making over a Veronoi treemap, some disturbingly similar charts from Viktor Orban and Joe Biden, thouhts on Iron Viz, and reflections on Robert Kosara's 2022 Outlier presentation.

More thoughts on showing Margin of Error in survey data with Tableau

By |2021-11-18T14:07:27+00:00November 17th, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Visualizing Survey Data|

A big “thank you” to Daniel Zvinca, Chris Lay, Anna Foard, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Joe Cohen for their feedback and encouragement. Overview I published a blog post earlier this year on how I recommend showing results for Likert-scale questions broken down by different demographics. I had become fond of how organizations like Pew Research does [...]

Decluttering by making the first row different from the other rows

By |2021-11-01T17:55:27+00:00October 31st, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

And some other thoughts on conditional formatting. Overview A few weeks ago my friend, Yamil Medina, asked me to attend a weekly livestream he hosts with his colleague at Data Meaning, Aaron Simmons. The livestream is called 3@3: A Mystery Chart Show and I enjoyed it so much I decide to hangout the following week. [...]

Understanding Index Charts and Log Scales

By |2021-10-21T10:48:56+00:00October 21st, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues|

Understanding Index Charts and Log Scales Index Charts are a great way to compare events that don't happen at the same time; for example, how are sales this quarter vs. last quarter, vs. a year ago this quarter? There are lots of business cases for this type of chart. What about log scales? [...]

Charts on Screens – We Need Your Help

By |2022-07-17T16:17:27+00:00October 6th, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Sports and Entertainment|

Data Viz and Star Trek I chatted recently with Andy Cotgreave about the original Star Trek series and how impressed I was with Dr. McCoy’s sickbay monitor. I think this is an AMAZING KPI monitoring dashboard and a lot of organizations could benefit from something like this. (Hey, Nick Desbarats… this is similar to your [...]

How to visualize Likert scale data broken down by different demographics

By |2021-09-06T16:58:48+00:00September 1st, 2021|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Visualizing Survey Data|

Overview September 6, 2021 update: A big thanks to Chris Lay and Daniel Zvinca who chimed in on a variety of issues, the most important of which is that the margin of error is very large with a low response count. I've added an option to hide marks where the number of responses is fewer [...]