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 surveys of what annoys audience members about PowerPoint, 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 also overload the audience and leave them...

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...