• http://twitter.com/CJForse CJ Forse

    Fantastic post! Thanks for taking the time to write it. I’m a marketing analyst at a large agency in LA. Although I’m a numbers guy, it drives me crazy when people don’t take the time to present the numbers in an ascetically pleasing way. The dynamic title tip is awesome—I never thought to do that. I’ll be Tweeting this.

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    Yeah, you’ll look crazy smart with dynamic chart titles! Glad it helped. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Nathan_Safran Nathan Safran

    This is a great post, thanks Annie. Presentation is at least as important as the data you are showing…

  • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

    This… is awesome. Thanks, Annie!

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    My pleasure!

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    That is so true. I learned the hard way just how true that was. My passion for data visualization was spawned by failure to be able to show what I needed to as an in-house.

  • Arvin Buising

    Thank you so much for this Annie. Those small tweaks really makes the graphs easier to digest. This will make my reports easier to understand. My boss will surely love this. Maybe you can do an article about making data from Google analytics more presentable.

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    I’m so glad these tips help, Arvin. I’m actually planning to get into making GA data sexy. I just needed to get these foundational guides written, so I have a lifeline to toss people when we get to the deep end of the data vis pool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lenae.londagin Lenae Yawn

    I love your data viz posts, Annie! They make me do a quick *headdesk* because I realize how ugly my last report was, but the next set always improves. I’m off to make a branded color scheme for my 2012 end-of-year wrapup :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.kottler Richard Kottler

    Some really nice suggestions there. A tip for Step 7 finagling: Use the Zoom tool and enlarge the area around the title. Makes finagling a lot easier.

  • http://churchmojo.com/ Mark Alves

    Love the dynamic title idea and will try that out. When it comes to the pie chart, however, perhaps we can do even better. Moving the legend labels to the bottom still makes the reader look up and down. How about putting the labels directly on the slices themselves? h/t Edward Tufte

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    Wahoo! Music to my ears, Lenae!

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    Oh yeah, good point. I probably frustrated everyone w/ OCD by leaving that part out. :)

  • http://twitter.com/AnnieCushing Annie Cushing

    Personally, I hate chart labels. I think they junk up a chart. I only use pie charts with very small data sets though, so they’re usually easy to figure out. But to each his own.