Category Archives: Dataviz

Nonprofit Infographics: How to show your story

How do you translate your nonprofit’s written story into an engaging infographic? I’ve talked about nonprofit storytelling and nonprofit infographics separately in the past, but today we’re combining the two into captivating, shareable content to educate and engage your audiences. I’ll walk you through the creation of an informative infographic and nonprofit profile. The behind-the-scenes […]

The Old Brain and the Sea

A decade ago, I was working as a snorkel guide in the Caribbean (I know, poor me). Day in and day out, I would take people into the water and teach them about the marine life we found. As much as possible, I tried to use analogies so people could connect the alien world of the reef to […]

The Nonprofit Annual Report: 6 ways to use infographics to show your work

Reports of the infographic’s death are greatly exaggerated. Despite claims that infographics are just a passing fad, they’ve managed to stick around. And why wouldn’t they? Infographics are great for engaging and educating audiences, especially on social media platforms. If you’re trying to explain something complex, infographics are a non-intimidating way to walk your audiences […]

The Perils of Pi

Happy Pi Day! On this, the most venerated of holidays, it seems only right to examine the use and misuse of circles in graphs. The circle is a friendly shape. Where squares and rectangles scream precision and rigidity, circles are more go-with-the-flow – which makes them ideal in data visualizations for non-science audiences. Yet behind […]

Bigger is better: Maxing your axis

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 […]

Color Commentary

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.

How to Fail – Fast!

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.

Know Thine Audience

My old-timey-speak is a little rusty. So I looked up the difference between “thy” and “thine” and discovered that they work kind of like “a” and “an”: “thy” goes before a word starting with a consonant, and “thine” is used before a vowel.