My favorite bad chart sat nearly undisturbed for years in the kitchen cabinet of my former workplace. It was an almost ordinary looking bar chart adorning the side panel of a big yellow box of Lipton tea. It was the kind of chart that would be overlooked by most, but for some reason it always […]
It’s the difference between is this true, is this false, and is this interesting. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing 10 of the cartoons I created for the Rameses Project on realist evaluation. Visit that site to get access to the full collection. If you’re at all interested in the illustration process I follow […]
Another day another website. I decided to split off my professional data design work and start building an online portfolio. So if you want to get a sense for what my professional visualization work looks like, head over to Lysy Design.
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Austin Kleon was on Kelton Reid’s The Writer Files podcast. He said this when talking about writers block. It sparked today’s cartoon. Problems of output are problems of input.
Don’t change your 200 page reports. I’m sure someone in your audience wants that comprehensive report, and if you change it, you won’t be serving that audience anymore. Now instead of changing the report, create an adaptation. A second report to reach a different audience (maybe a 30 pager). After you’re done with that, why […]
I have a sketchbook in my pocket (Value ~ $3). If I were to drop it out the window from the top of my house it would be ok. I also have an ipad (Value ~$400). Dropping that out of my backpack from about 2 feet off the ground means needing a new one. I […]
Most companies, academic fields, nonprofits, governments, and associations move forward at a snail's pace. Any attempt to change 'the way' is quickly discouraged. In these environments the null thrives. But there is hope. Within these environments you will also find rogue innovators. People who cannot help but seek to change the status quo. These are […]
My favorite thing about the web is the constant supply of inspiration. In my past I vastly undervalued uniqueness, passion, and beauty. Now that I create on a regular basis the way I view the world around me has changed. I have changed. It you don't take the next step, and do something, you're not […]