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Comparing only one value to a standard; Issue #432 February 5 2019

Comparing only one value to a standard; Issue #432 February 5 2019

When you want to compare values to a standard, such as comparing output in various production plants to the goal, a dashed line on a column graph is a good visual to use. The dashed line runs across the graph and it is easy to see if each column is above or below the...

Showing difference with diverging bars; Issue #431 January 22 2019

To see how well we are doing in the current year, we compare this year’s results to last year’s results and to the budget we set at the start of the year. Too often presenters show a spreadsheet of the numbers and expect the audience to figure out the result. My...

Making presentations more accessible; Issue #429 December 11 2018

Last week I was working with an organization who has a library of graphics that they encourage their staff to use. This gives a consistency to the look of their presentations. Each graphic represents a specific role, service, or element of their business. When I was...

Bar charts with long category labels; Issue #428 November 27 2018

How do we create graphs with category labels that contain a lot of text? If you are comparing values to each other, a column graph can get tricky since Excel and PowerPoint will turn the text at an angle and cut off labels that are really long. This makes it very hard...

FinancialViz Makeover: Comparing to an average with long labels

FinancialViz Makeover: Comparing to an average with long labels

This makeover shows how using a dashed line as part of a graph allows easy comparison of values to an average and a bar chart makes long category labels easier to read. (this is a silent video and you can pause it to spend more time on any of the slides)...

Change indicator characters; Issue #425 October 16 2018

The difference between two numbers is a common element of many presentations. It could be the difference between actual and budget, this year and last year, industry average and our performance, or any two numbers that measure an important metric. Visually showing...