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## How to Use Repeating Diagrams to Visualize Qualitative Concepts

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. This is the status quo. But it doesn’t have to be!!! Let’s stop hiding important qualitative concepts inside Text Walls that no one reads. Step 0: Take Pride in Your Report’s Formatting We’ll use landscape so that it’s easier to see on a […]

## “Big A Accessibility” and “little a accessibility” Tips for Data Visualization

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. “Ann, how can I make my graphs more accessible??” Accessibility means different things to different people. I see two main types: Big A and little a. Big A Accessibility means that our graphs meet official accessibility guidelines so that they’re understandable for people […]

## Celebrating 10 Years of Dataviz YouTubing!

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. I published my first video on November 4, 2012… …and the rest was history! YouTubing, blogging, and speaking at conferences just for fun quickly transformed into a fulfilling, creative business that’s taken me all over the world and enabled me to work with […]

## How to Write about Research Methods Like a Human (and Not a Textbook)

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. Did you devote years of your life trying to sound “smart” and “professional,” like a textbook? I did. I taught myself how to write in third-person language. I called myself “The researcher…” instead of plain ol’ “I…” I replaced my everyday words with […]

## Stop Using Tiny, Grainy Photos in PowerPoint!!!

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. It’s not 1995. Last week, I was leading a post-conference workshop with CQI professionals in California. You can learn more about their annual conferences here. An attendee asked about best practices for adding photographs to our PowerPoint presentations. Before Let’s pretend that you’re […]

## Do You Need a Single Map, or Several Maps?

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. Here’s a counterintuitive dataviz principle: Sometimes, it’s easier to understand several small graphs than a single graph. I was recently working with an organization to visualize which states were using their software programs. States might use: Software A Software B Or, both software […]

## How to Make a Not-So-Scary Starter Dashboard in Excel

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. Dashboards aren’t scary! In this video, let’s make a starter dashboard in Microsoft Excel. You’ll learn how to make four quick visuals: Sparklines Data bars Symbol fonts Color scales I use these visuals over and over in my real-life consulting projects. Watch the […]

## When a Course is More Than a Course: 3 Ways “Great Graphs in Excel” Was Beyond Graphs

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. Last year, I finally enrolled in the Great Graphs in Excel course. After 2 years of thinking about it. And thinking I’m retired and I don’t really make graphs anymore. But I knew I had 10 years of mentoring data I wanted to […]

## Visualizing 24 School Divisions’ Submissions with a Dashboard in Microsoft Excel

This is an Eval Central archive copy, find the original at depictdatastudio.com. This guest post comes from Amadu Sidi Bah, who’s graduated from our Simple Spreadsheets, Great Graphs, Report Redesign, and Dashboard Design courses. Great work, Amadu! — Ann K. Emery All too often, written submissions from stakeholders come in dense, long reports. That’s what […]