Steve’s Blog

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 [...]

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

By |2022-08-03T21:39:44+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 [...]

Chart Chat Live — Round 17

By |2021-04-08T15:55:03+00:00November 26th, 2020|Chart Chat, Videos|

In this Chart Chat we reflect on a night of election vizzes, the lack of innovation and clarity (with the exception of the tie gauge, frownometer, and chipped cartogram) and whether we should access all visualizations based on precision (spoiler alert:NO!). https://youtu.be/xa2T-dIA-T0

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? [...]

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