Archive for May, 2016

Avoiding Quantitative Scales That Make Graphs Hard to Read

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

This blog entry was written by Nick Desbarats of Perceptual Edge. Every so often I come across a graph with a quantitative scale that is confusing or unnecessarily difficult to use when decoding values. Consider the graph below from a popular currency exchange website: Source: Let’s say that you were interested in knowing the […]

Is the Avoidance of 3-D Bar Graphs a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

Friday, May 6th, 2016

This is my response to a recent blog article by Robert Kosara of Tableau Software titled “3D Bar Charts Considered Not that Harmful.” Kosara has worked in the field of data visualization as a college professor and a researcher for many years, first at the University of North Carolina and for the last several years […]

Are You an Original? Do You Want to Be?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Adam Grant of the Wharton School of Business has written a marvelous new book titled Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, Grant’s book shows that originality is not something we’re born with but something that we can learn. We heap high praise on original thinkers who manage to make […]