Category Archives for "Best Practices"

How the Olympics is Confusing Millions of Viewers

I was watching the replay of Adam Rippon’s great performance and something kept distracting me.  Can you see it?! Congratulations to all Olympians across the globe.   Your singular focus and determination are inspiring beyond words. Well, many of you cannot see it — meaning the red and green score in the upper left corner.  I’m exaggerating […]

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How Google and Facebook Failed on a Simple Stacked Bar

I came across these two stacked bar visualizations and felt compelled to speak with you all.  If two major companies communicate with their audiences this way, I’d bet there are many authoring similar works.Google AnalyticsFacebook investors presentationA basic  visualization rule is to use separate colors for distinct items like search channels or geographic regions — […]

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5 ways the WSJ destroyed this simple bar chart

I just read this article (https://www.wsj.com/articles/asian-shares-lack-direction-1518051458) and had to immediately post.  I’ll keep it simple:I had to figure out  the colored bars corresponded to the Feb 2018 declines.There’s no legend for the gradient.  I assume it’s the percentage of decline.Labeling each bar would make the amount of decline specific.The chart is placed far away from […]

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Why Hyper is making me hyper — the answer will surprise you!

[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″][cs_element_row _id=”2″][cs_element_column _id=”3″][cs_element_text _id=”4″][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left”]“Tableau is going to enable users to create better looking charts faster — a lot more of them — and they won’t necessarily help make better business decisions.”[/x_blockquote][cs_element_text _id=”6″][cs_element_text _id=”7″][cs_element_headline _id=”8″][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left”]“Hyper will enable existing bad habits. It will increase the performance of slow, poorly designed dashboards and […]

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Striving Together in the World of Visualization

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Reimagining the Defense Business Board

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 20px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]If you are not concerned with government waste — you will be now! I came across this article a few weeks ago and was taken aback in so many ways, felt compelled to put this through […]

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9 Facebook Distorts Financials with Bad Visualizations

If you glance at these charts, you might quickly take away the insight that Average Revenue per User (ARPU) is fairly consistent across all regions. That’s pretty interesting. However, you would be wrong — very wrong. I’m not suggesting Facebook was trying to be misleading.  But for a company whose business revolves around data, this […]

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