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 […]
So you did it again. You had months to draft your story, create your slides, and practice your talk. But here you are, a few days away from the big moment and not even close to ready. But don’t worry, all is not lost. The Assumption So I am going to assume that you have […]
Happy Data Halloween Everyone! Which cartoon is your favorite? You can vote by retweeting, just click on the cartoon to be taken to the individual tweet. Zombie Evaluators 3D Pie Chart Jack o Lantern No trick or treating at foundations. Machine Learning Witch Hunt Explaining RCTs to a two-headed monster. Toads are not People, so […]
I get it. You already know Excel. Tableau is just plain confusing (and annoying, and expensive). I’ve been there. But Tableau can do things that Excel cannot. Like directly weave a bunch of different data sources, living in different databases and on different servers, into the same dashboard. All with automated updates. Or creating a […]
Most “qualitative data visualization” is really just quantitative data visualization. There are tons of qualitative researchers and evaluators who have spent careers fighting the notion that their data should be presented numerically in summary tables. Using words like most and few instead of something that would be artificially precise. Down with word clouds (a.k.a. visualized […]
My preferred way to create a dashboard is to start with something simple, crude even. Then over time, adapt. The faster the dashboard goes live, the better. This is the way most web software is built. Always in beta, changes are then made based on the needs of the users. Many organizations put in most […]
A lot of organizations get tied up with the whole “car dashboard look.” That’s all surface area stuff. Real dashboards give us access to information we can use to make decisions. Our actions should also be able to influence the data. Fuel gauges and speedometers give us data we can influence through our actions. Do […]
I’m pulling from my archive this week. Cartoons will be all about data visualization.
This is the last one I’ll be sharing at this moment. Starting tomorrow I’ll be moving onto a different topic. 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 […]
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 when drawing cartoons like these, I wrote about it at Lysydesign.