8 Tips to Make Your Data Visualization More Engaging & Effective
Instead of telling people about a story, data, or information, show them. Here are tips to make your data visualization more engaging and effective.
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How to Create Effective Data Visualizations – Quick Tutorial with Examples
Want to create better data visualizations and view all your metrics in a full story, in a shareable dashboard?
Check out this step-by-step tutorial in which we:
Address the basic terminology for data visualizations and their effectiveness
Talk about data storytelling and why it’s so beneficial for all businesses
Provide data visualization examples and easy-to-use steps you can make to start creating visualizations and sharing them with your team in minutes
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Why Your Data Visualizations are Bad (and how to improve them!)
In this video we walk through some examples of what not to do when creating visualizations.
The themes that come out of the examples are:
– Avoid information overload
– Don’t be misleading
– Make your graphs easy to read
Next we address techniques to fix these common issues. Some strategies to implement include stepping your audience one-by-one through components of a graph, smartly using coloring & opacity to highlight what’s important, and maximizing your data-ink ratio.
Some other tips can be summarized as:
– Line charts are good for showing trends over time (but avoid spaghetti graphs!)
– Bar charts are best to highlight differences between categorical variables
– Generally avoid pie charts, donut charts, and 3d charts
In preparing for this lecture, a few different sources were consulted…
Storytelling with Data (Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic): https://www.storytellingwithdata.com/books
How to Speak (Professor Patrick Winston): https://youtu.be/Unzc731iCUY
Keith’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@keithgalli
Reddit (Data is Beautiful): https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful
Reddit (Data is Ugly): https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisugly
0:00 – Introduction & video overview
1:24 – 1. Avoid Information Overload
4:42 – 2. Don’t be misleading
6:44 – 3. No hard-to-read graphs
8:15 – Fix information overload (step through components one-by-one)
10:30 – Strategic use of color & opacity
12:05 – Maximize the data-ink ratio
14:23 – Being honest with your visualizations
15:42 – Improving hard-to-read visuals (graph selection, z-pattern)
17:55 – Resources used to prepare this lecture
20:07 – Final thoughts!
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Data Visualization: 9 Actionable Tips You Can Use Now
Want to create engaging reports and dashboards? Here are 9 data visualization tips you need to be using…
Tip #1: Consider the context
Tip #2: Use the right chart
Tip #3: Use the right ordering
Tip #4: Include comparisions
Tip #5: Keep it simple
Tip #6: Consider color
Tip #7: Explain the data
Tip #8: Tell a story
Tip #9: Choose the right tool
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