Want to be a viz leader? Have some guts.

My daughter won elite gold in her dance competition.  Design your winning viz! In my last post, Replicating your old vizs in Tableau? STOP NOW (please)!, you learned specific steps to break away from old visualization thinking.  Now it’s time to turn those ideas into vizs. Rather than work with Tableau or other software right away, […]

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Replicating your old vizs in Tableau? STOP NOW (please)!

My son achieved his Bar Mitzvah this weekend.  Are your vizs coming of age? You have a shiny new version of Tableau Desktop, connected to the big data server, then reproduced your same old charts. Access to data on your terms is no longer an issue, so what’s up with that? Is a status-quo/ can’t-change-too-fast […]

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To be a master communicator you must develop a rich visual style

I was working with a client in Chicago and enjoyed some deep-dish pizza. Build a deep visual toolbox. I’ve written about teams oppressed by “the tyranny of pie charts ™.”  So set in their ways, they cannot break free from ineffective visuals simply because they fear change. However, when you successfully break free, it’s imperative […]

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Thought visualization was challenging? Now you have to be a journalist too!

Al Gore now claims to have invented data visualization.  Learn the truth… It is April 1.  On a more serious point, Al Gore’s “Our Choice” digital journal set a new direction for combining interactivity with text.  I’m excited about the possibilities and of course have a twist in mind. Many visualization practitioners lean toward the idea […]

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Apply the NON-data-ink ratio to your #Tableau visuals

Are your brackets being eliminated?  Remove everything possible from your visualizations. Visualization practitioners frequently mention Edward Tufte’s concept of the data-ink ratio, which refers to the ink (pixels) used to present data. What you rarely hear about is the non-data-ink ratio, which refers to elements such as scales, labels, borders, etc. Both sides of the […]

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Inject performance enhancers into your visualizations

It’s baseball season and we’re sure to hear about performance enhancers.  Supercharge your visuals. Many of my clients ask “How do we get more people to use the reports we built with our latest business intelligence / visualization software?” The answer is simple and complex for three reasons: #1 Practitioners replicate the same charts they […]

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Create your visualization win streak

The Miami Heat have won 20 straight games. Begin to mark your place in visualization history. What’s the secret to forging an awe-inspiring win steak?  You secure one victory at a time. So what qualifies as a “one victory” as a visualization practitioner?  Here’s my experience… Multiple, rapid wins are significantly more memorable and impactful […]

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