My Talk on Data Visualization

My Talk on Data Visualization

Last Friday I had the chance to give a short talk on data visualization at an event co-hosted by General Assembly and Keboola. Despite a wicked storm (thanks to Singapore's late blooming rainy season) and a late night Friday event we had a great turnout, and with a really fun crowd I might add. Some great questions and discussion all around.

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5 Examples of Awful Data Visualization

5 Examples of Awful Data Visualization

Flowing Data and Information is Beautiful are great places to look for the very best examples of dataviz done right, but I also like to draw some inspiration from examples of data visualization gone terribly, terribly wrong. From the deceptive to the confusing to the downright ugly graphics created in the name of statistics, sometimes it’s the lessons you learn from failure that are the most impactful.

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Communicating Data & The Rise of the Empirical Storyteller

Communicating Data & The Rise of the Empirical Storyteller

Statistics are often not enough to convince a boardroom full of people to believe in and pursue a particular course of action. Data, no matter how objective it is in reflecting a truth, is only one piece of the puzzle as you need to consider how to effectively communicate what the data means. Storytelling is the key to getting your ideas to resonate and is a focus that hasn't been thoroughly explored yet in the analytics industry. 

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Should Chart Y-Axis Baselines Always be Zero? Context is Everything

Should Chart Y-Axis Baselines Always be Zero? Context is Everything

Matt Yglesias and Johnny Harris over at Vox recently posted a great video about a rather contentious issue when it comes to storytelling and data. That is, whether or not you should always set Y-axis baselines in bar or line charts to zero. I’ve written about this a few times in the past and I wanted to take a moment to add a few points to the debate.

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Jason Chaffetz's Impossible Chart & Some DataViz Sins You Should Never Commit

Jason Chaffetz's Impossible Chart & Some DataViz Sins You Should Never Commit

So there’s a chart making the rounds in the media right now that was used by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, during a senate hearing with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. The chart Chaffetz presented offers some valuable lesson in how data can be visually manipulated to deceive, and how we can all be better communicators with data.

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