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3 Alternatives to axis breaks; Issue #398 September 19, 2017

Twice in the past few months I have seen column charts with axis breaks. Some software makes it easy to create these types of charts. In this article I want to recommend against using this type of chart and offer some alternatives. To start with, what is an axis break...

Total on stacked columns/bars; Issue #397 September 5, 2017

Recently I wrote about how I think presenters should replace stacked column or bar graphs with better visuals (see the entire article here). In my customized workshops I have participants who need to create a stacked graph because the boss wants it or the audience...

Focus by using an All Others category; Issue #396 August 22, 2017

In my ongoing survey of what annoys audience members about PowerPoint, I expect that I will hear once again that information overload is a big issue. It is not just the slides that are filled with paragraphs of text or the spreadsheets copied onto slides. Visuals can...

Proportion visual using characters; Issue #395 August 8, 2017

The most common visuals used when showing one segment compared to the whole are a pie graph or donut graph. Everyone is familiar with them and they work well. Another visual you can consider when the message is about individual people or objects is a group of items or...

Executive Summary slide; Issue #394 July 25, 2017

In a couple of recent customized workshops I was asked about Executive Summary slides. The participants had been asked by their boss to include a summary slide at the start of the presentation, and wondered what I thought of that idea. An Executive Summary comes from...

Replace stacked column graphs; Issue #393 July 11, 2017

I recently had a good discussion in the comments of a blog post by research data viz specialist Ann K Emery (the blog post and discussion are here). It led me to write this article explaining why I think stacked column graphs do not serve your audience very well and...