Category Archives: Showing Data

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Data Visualizations of African-American Life

 

Holy cow, look at these incredible hand-drawn data visualizations by W.E.B. Du Bois from 1900.

I admit that I knew and know very little about Du Bois and certainly had no idea that he created such visually unique and careful visualizations. The critic in me wants to say that some of these  do not hold to modern best data viz practices, but damn, sometimes you want to get lost in a careful study of data and spend some time with beautiful meaningful graphic design. And that’s what you certainly do with these visualizations.

Check out all of them at Public Domain Review and as so often is the case, major h/t to Kottke.

 

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Be Like Hans Rosling with PowerPoint Morph

Sadly, the world lost statistician, doctor and TED personality Hans Rosling yesterday. In honor of his endless enthusiasm for and influence on data and data visualization, I put together this little tutorial on how to approximate his Trendalyzer software to create animated bubble charts using PowerPoint’s morph transition.

If you haven’t seen Hans present, take a look at some of my favorites:

The Best Stats you’ve Never Seen • 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes • Global Population Growth, Box by Box • Asia’s Rise: How and When

 

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Data Viz and Presentations: The Presentation Podcast Episode #19

The Presentation Podcast

 

Episode #19, Data Viz and Presentations is live.

This week we’re talking about special considerations for data viz in presentation, and we discuss Microsoft’s new “IVY” charting engine and where they’re going with data visualization.

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Financial Slides: The Presentation Podcast Episode #15

The Presentation Podcast

 

Episode #15, Financial Slides is live.

Sandy is off this week and pinch hitting for her is fellow PowerPoint MVP and good friend Dave Paradi of Think Outside the Slide. Dave trains companies all over the world on how to present better with an emphasis on financial and business data and numbers. The kind of thing you would expect from a presentation expert with an MBA. Dave has written numerous books on the subject, and publishes an annual survey on the greatest frustrations people have with financial presentations. (Spoiler alert: the two most mentioned words are “Confusing” and “Boring.”) Take a listen as we talk about financial decks.

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