Archive for August, 2015

Graphical Journalists Should, First and Foremost, Be Journalists

Monday, August 31st, 2015

It annoys me when I see poor journalistic infographics, in part, because I value journalism and I hate to see it done ineffectively. Good news organizations take the quality of their journalist’s writing seriously. Journalists and their editors work hard to produce news stories that are accurate, clear, and compelling. Those who can’t write effectively […]

Mind the Gap or Die

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Many books have been written in recent years about our brains—how they evolved, how they work, how they often fail us, how they sometimes serve us in a blink with little effort, and how they differ from the brains of other animals. Neuroscientists and psychologists in particular have fascinated us with advances in our understanding […]

It Takes More than a Good Name (or including ‘Good’ in your name)

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Let me begin by explaining the title of this piece. I recently ran across a blog article about something called the “Data Visualization Competency Center (DVCC).” Given the fact that I spend my time helping people develop data visualization competency, this caught my interest. As I read the article, I found myself saying “Yes” to […]

How Scalable Do Analytics Solutions Need to Be?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

While being briefed on a product earlier this week, the company’s founder and I agreed on one point only: most of the people who are currently tasked with data analysis lack the skills that are required to do the work. He and I, however, imagine conflicting solutions to this problem. He believes that technology must […]