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Etiquette for scientists

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

You are a brilliant scientist and you just made an amazing discovery. You want to announce it to the world. So you prepare a few slides and decide to use that cute font, Comic Sans. [...]

Get off my shoulders, said the giant

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Dear Stephen Few I'm writing this assuming that my book Data at Work was one of the targets of your post “Data Visualization Lite”. If that is the case, thank you for spending some of [...]

  • Stacked bullet charts

Bullet charts: an easy way to make them in Excel [Data at Work series]

June 16th, 2016|4 Comments

(All the Excel charts in my book are available for download, but I promised to write tutorials for a few of them. This is the first one.) Name: Bullet charts What it is used for: to [...]

Suddenly, the colorful lollipop turns into a dangerous match

June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

It surprised me. And it shouldn't. You see, there is nothing wrong in using data for the sole purpose of creating aesthetically pleasing visual objects. On the other hand, if you want to make sense of the [...]

Write your own data visualization stylebook

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

A long time ago I tweeted about the need for everyone in the data visualization community to write a book. I wasn't joking: if you only tweet or write a few posts, you can't possibly [...]

  • Michiel Coxcie: De grot van Plato

The cave

June 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Stephen Few and Alberto Cairo (Alberto is the host, that's why he doesn't say much) And now let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: --Behold! human beings living [...]

  • Fna Charts US Age Structure

Excel vs. Tableau vs. PowerBI

June 1st, 2016|6 Comments

If you are an Excel user, are you aware of how flexible it is? Do you really take advantage of this flexibility when making charts? You can simply enter a few values and some (almost) [...]

  • Data at work Best practices for creating effective charts and information graphics in Microsoft Excel

Data at work: a data visualization book for Excel users

April 30th, 2016|4 Comments

There are three things I pay attention to when I see people making charts in Excel: #1: Aesthetics. We, Excel users and other mere mortals, aren't artists or graphic designers, and although we should be [...]

Jorge Camões

Jorge CamoesHi. My name is Jorge Camoes and I’ll be your host around here. excelcharts.com is not your regular Excel tips site. You can find here a blog where we discuss data visualization issues and where I post free tutorials from time to time, and a members area where you can find more structured data visualization courses. To know more about excelcharts.com please visit the About page.

What they say

In addition to a great deal of data visualization experience, Jorge is one of the world’s great experts in Excel; he’s one of those guys who can make Excel do things that were never intended or imagined and certainly never directly supported by its creators.
Stephen Few, Perceptualedge
Jorge Camoes has a mission. He wants to help the world make sense of the ocean of data that we are beginning to swim in. Jorge wants you to understand and make sense of data (…) I’m going to email the URL of his blog to colleagues who work with me in the Cabinet Office. Wouldn’t it be great if could help present our data in some of the exciting formats he examines on his site.
Tom Watson, Former Member of Parliament
When I think Visualization and Excel there are two names that come into my mind: Jorge Camoes and Jon Peltier. If you want to do serious data visualization with Excel, stop here, they are the names.
Enrico Bertini, New York University, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering