Guides

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Ask the Question, Visualize the Answer

Let's work through a practical example to see how asking and answering questions helps guide you towards more focused data graphics. Read More

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How to Visualize Recurring Patterns

Things have a way of repeating themselves, and it can be useful to highlight these patterns in data. Read More

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Why People Make Bad Charts (and What to Do When it Happens)

It's important to consider the reasons so that we don't overreact. Otherwise, we're just berating, pointing, and laughing all of the time, and that's not good for anyone. Read More

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Visualizing Differences

Focus on finding or displaying contrasting points, and some visual methods are more helpful than others. A guide. Read More

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Visualizing Outliers

Step 1: Figure out why the outlier exists in the first place. Step 2: Choose from these visualization options to show the outlier. Read More

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Visualizing Incomplete and Missing Data

We love complete and nicely formatted data. That's not what we get a lot of the time. Read More

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Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it's impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty. Read More

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4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors

These are the quick and simple tools I use to pick colors to represent data. Read More

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Falling is Learning

I’ve been teaching my three-year-old son how to ride his bike on two wheels. When I first took off the training wheels, he quickly lost his balance and felt discouraged. He thought he would be able to ride far and fast right away. He felt stuck, and gaining the skill to ride seemed out of reach. I told him it was okay to fall. I used to fall all of...

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Useless Points of Comparison

Make sure you don't end up in an apples and oranges situation where the comparisons don't even make sense. Read More

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