Alternatives to a Log Scale

Alternatives to a Log Scale

Over in our private Academy Slack group, one of our members asked a solid, totally not snarky question about log scales. They’ve been common in visuals about COVID and there’s a fair question out there about how appropriate those are in graphs aimed at...
Title Charts Like A Journalist

Title Charts Like A Journalist

When you spend the bulk of young adulthood in research-focused academic institutions, like I did, you are steeped in a culture that tells you, explicitly or implicitly, that you can’t ever really make a claim. Taking a position on something can be seen as...
My Cringe-Worthy Choices

My Cringe-Worthy Choices

The theme of this blog post can be summed up with one emoji: 🤦 If you aren’t emoji-fluent, that’s the facepalm, a gesture made when you are internally dying of embarrassment over someone’s incompetence. In this case, that someone is me. I have failed...
Make Great Graphs in Google Sheets

Make Great Graphs in Google Sheets

If you’ve ever been in the audience of one of my workshops, you can tell that I was once a teacher. I use the same classroom management skills when I teach 100 adults how to graph as I did when I was teaching 25 kindergartners how to read. Back when I was a...
Proportion Plots

Proportion Plots

Proportion plots help us compare the share of a population between two metrics. It uses length on the left and right side of the chart and connects the lengths by a band in the middle that swoops a lot if there is disproportionality and stays pretty even if the...
Decolonizing Data Viz

Decolonizing Data Viz

What is Data Visualization? A visual representation ofquantitative or qualitative data. so says Stephanie Evergreen. The strength of this definition is that it is so broad, lots of things fit under its umbrella. But perhaps that is also its weakness because it leaves...