Last week we talked about enlarging fonts to make them more readable. This week we’re going to apply that same logic to your graph’s y-axis to ensure that any trends are easy to see. I swear this isn’t about my glasses prescription. I’m sure we’ve all made a graph in Excel where we selected our […]
For all the good that imagery can do, no data visualization is complete without text. Whether it’s a label or a legend, fonts make an appearance at some point. So it stands to reason that your text should be just as polished as the rest of your work – no more handing out magnifying glasses […]
This week we’re going to look at one of the coolest FREE storytelling tools out there – TimelineJS, produced by Northwestern University’s Knight Lab. The Knight Lab produces awesome user-friendly storytelling tools for journalists, but these tools are just as effective for nonprofits. And this timeline builder has ALL the bells and whistles: No coding […]
Broadly speaking, data comes in two flavors: quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative data includes numerical values (you know, like quantity). Qualitative data, on the other hand, is non-numerical – as in the quality of the information. Quantitative data is pretty straightforward. You’ve got numbers, you graph the numbers. Done and done. Qualitative data, on the other […]
It wasn’t so long ago that large datasets gave me the willies – what if I screwed something up? How was I supposed to find the data I was looking for? Did these things come with instruction manuals? Perhaps it was best that I leave the big data alone. My plan of strict avoidance was […]
I don’t mean to give you mixed messages here, but I have been known to be anti-graph from time to time. You see, at some point you’ll probably be hit by the perfect storm of fascination with data visualization and excitement in your budding graphing prowess, and go all-in on graphing. It’s the data equivalent […]
In this, the most eatingest of seasons, I present to you the classic quandary of our time: pies or donuts?
As the giving season approaches, your thoughts are probably turning to that frantic year-end push for donations. You know you want to show donors your impact, but that Excel color and style just isn’t cutting it – every graph looks out of place and off brand.
I’m going to take a slightly different approach in today’s post. Rather than preaching from on high (or at least doing that exclusively), I’m going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my own graph process and show you how one of my best-received graphs came into being.
Now there’s an enticing title. But before you wander off, consider this – when you start a graphing project, how often do you pull up Excel, Google Sheets, Tableau, or whatever graph-o-matic as your first step and just start clicking around? If you’re anything like me, that’s usually a recipe for disaster.