Category Archives: Commentary

Chart Makeovers – Examples from Juice Analytics

These guys do nice work. Here, and in earlier posts (one reference at the bottom of the page in particular), they provide very concrete advice on how to improve specific charts including column charts, treemaps, etc. They also have open source software to try out for treemaps (need to download and try).

Chart Makeovers, Fed IT Dashboard edition: Juice Analytics

Idea: DataViz Makeovers (with appropriate attribution of the idea to colleagues at Juice Analytics)


David McCandless at TED – The Beauty of Data Visualization

McCandless is always interesting and finds intriguing examples – but often does not demonstrate outstanding design principles. Raises concerns for me, but brings data design to pop culture.

10 ways data is changing how we live

10 ways data is changing how we live

Article from the UK Telegraph.

New York Times Developers on Graphic Design

The graphics team at the New York Times talk about their work in constructing stories, editing content, and making information come alive in this video podcast from the team at gestalten. Note, they do it without a style guide for graphic design.

Hans Rosling – Free Statistics for Democracy

Hans Rosling from Gapminder (source of video) talks about the last 8 centimeters – making presentations get from the eye into the brain. Key moments in this video:

  • The people who produce the statistics are very often not the same type of skills that are needed to communicate. (0:32)
  • We failed the last eight centimeters. We throw the statistics into the eye but they didn’t hit the brain. (0:47)
  • The main decision makers that we have aren’t governments, aren’t policy makers, it’s the public. (1:17)
  • Statistics means bookkeeping of the state. Serving decision makers within the state. (1:33)

PowerPoint is Evil

2003: PowerPoint is Evil: Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrups Absolutely Edward Tufte In: Wired 11 (9)

Tim Berners Lee at TED – Data Sharing and Data Standards for Public Data

March 2009: @TED Tim Berners Lee (developer of www) calls of open data, data sharing, data standards, gets audience to chant RAW DATA NOW

March 2010: @TED Tim Berners Lee talks about the improvement in data standards and data sharing over the past year and what is to come