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

(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 [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: 08 Order and ranking, Tutorials|2 Comments

Suddenly, the colorful lollipop turns into a dangerous match

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 [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: 03 Beyond perception, Context|Tags: |0 Comments

Write your own data visualization stylebook

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 [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: 14 Effective design, Authors and Books|Tags: |0 Comments

The cave

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 [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: 03 Beyond perception, Design|Tags: |0 Comments

Excel vs. Tableau vs. PowerBI

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) [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: 17 Data visualization tools, Data Visualization Tools|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Data at work: a data visualization book for Excel users

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 [...]

By | April 30th, 2016|Categories: 18 Books and authors|Tags: |2 Comments