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This Excel chart looks standard but gets everything wrong

The following CNBC chart (link) shows the trend of global car sales by region (or so we think). This type of chart is quite common in finance/business circles, and has the fingerprint of Excel. After examining it, I nominate it for the Hall of Shame. *** The chart has three major components vying for our attention: (1) the stacked columns, (2) the yellow line, and (3) the big red dashed...

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✚ The Best Visualization Course I Ever Took; Membership Update with New Points of View (The Process #65)

This week I reminisce back to when I didn't know anything about visualization, and all I wanted to do was solve analysis problems. Also, some fun updates on the way, exclusively for members. Read More

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✚ Select Your Weapon (The Process #48)

Some people love the Tidyverse in R. Others are less fond of it. For me, the more tools the better. Read More

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✚ Visualization Tools, Datasets, and Resources – March 2019 Roundup (The Process #34)

Every month I collect practical resources, new tools, code, and datasets. Here's the good stuff for March. Read More

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✚ Visualization Tools, Datasets, and Resources – February 2019 Roundup

Throughout the month I collect new tools for data and visualization and additional resources on designing data graphics. Here's the new stuff for February. Read More

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✚ Visualization Tools, Datasets, and Resources – January 2019 Roundup

Throughout the month I collect new tools for data and visualization and additional resources on designing data graphics. Here's the new stuff for January. Read More

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Webinar Wednesday

I'm delivering a quick-fire Webinar this Wednesday on how to make impactful data graphics for communication and persuasion. Registration is free, at this link. *** In the meantime, I'm preparing a guest lecture for the Data Visualization class at Yeshiva University Sims School of Management. The goal of the lecture is to emphasize the importance of incorporating analytics into the data visualization process. Here is the lesson plan: Introduce the...

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✚ Practicing with a Visualization Toolbox, Tools and Additional Resources Roundup – September 2018

I hope that if you're trying to learn how to work with data that you make time to fiddle with the toys in your growing toolbox. Otherwise, you just have a bunch of bookmarks and no new skills. (You know, like numchuk skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills...) Here are some things you can do to hone your skills. Read More

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Visualization in the 1980s, just before the rise of computers

Graham Douglas, a data journalist at The Economist, looks back on the days when getting data and visualizing it was tedious from start to finish: But even these seemingly simple charts had their challenges and took a lot of time to make. Data were found in books by a research department skilled in the art of extracting obscure economic figures and statistics, which were copied to scraps of paper. We...

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✚ Better than Default

Defaults are generalizations to fit many datasets, which means you usually get barebone charts. For analysis, all well and good. However, data graphics for presentation require more care after the initial output. Read More

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