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Cool charts? Says who?

A number of years ago I attended a day-long seminar on information design provided by the renowned expert, Edward Tufte. While I admire and have great respect for his work, I took exception to a couple of his comments. “There … Continue reading

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Poor writing leads to war!

The importance of brevity and clarity in our presentations can’t be overstated. On July 25, 1918, Serbia responded to a set of ten demands from Austria-Hungary stemming from the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. As G.J. Meyer writes … Continue reading

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Charts: Sticking to the basics

I appreciate elegant design. And I enjoy trying something new. But when it comes to the construction of charts, sticking to basics is almost always the right answer. And for that, I always turn to Gene Zelazny’s classic book, “Say … Continue reading

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The best thing that can ever happen to a Presentation

I spent a little time this evening catching up on the Sunday morning talk shows (via DVR, of course). I watched the various pundits debate the pickle the Republicans now find themselves in due to tropical storm Isaac deciding to … Continue reading

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Remember: March is “Hug a Histogram” month

In my last post I extolled the virtues of the histogram and proclaimed March “Hug a Histogram” month. It seems only fitting then that I dedicate another post or two to the benefits of using histograms – and the costs … Continue reading

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Simplicity: the missing ingredient in most presentations

“I like it….but it looks like there’s not enough words on the page.” So said a participant in one of my recent Presentation Writing workshops as he studied my suggested improvements to a PowerPoint slide that was originally overrun with … Continue reading

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Picking the right chart

Selecting the right chart type and designing it well is essential in clearly communicating our analytical findings. I’m Captain Obvious, yes, I know. But we often get this wrong. Last week I came across the following chart in a Wall … Continue reading

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Video in communication…and analysis

In a blog entry last week, Seth Godin shared the following clip illustrating changes in the earth’s temperatures since 1880, and posed the question: If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a short video worth? While video is … Continue reading

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Siri, the great communicator

A couple months ago I stood in line at the local Apple store to buy the new iPhone 4s (I used to shake my head at people who did this, yet there I was). The purchasing process took longer than … Continue reading

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Designing Data Tables

Tables are one of two primary means for sharing quantitative information (charts the other). The first step in designing an effective table is to determine the comparison we want viewers to make. Do we want them to compare sales of … Continue reading

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