930: These Charting Mistakes Undermine Your Communication with Nick Desbarats

How to Be Awesome at Your Job

22-01-2024 • 44分

Nick Desbarats breaks down the surprisingly common mistakes we make when visualizing data–and shares basic principles for communicating data more effectively.


1) Why most charts are confusing or ineffective

2) The top three mistakes people make with charts

3) Why a “neutral” chart is an ineffective chart

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As an independent educator and author, Nick Desbarats has taught data visualization and dashboard design to thousands of professionals in over a dozen countries at organizations like NASA, Visa, Bloomberg, Shopify, and the United Nations. He delivers main-stage talks at major data conferences and is a guest lecturer at Yale University, and his new book, Practical Charts, is an Amazon #1 Top New Release.

• Book: Practical Charts: The Essential Guide to Creating Clear, Compelling Charts for Reports and Presentations

• Website: PracticalReporting.com

• Article: "My favorite chart type"

• Article: "Connected Scatterplots Make Me Feel Dumb"

• Article: "I’ve Stopped Using Box Plots. Should You?"

• Article: "Why I Stopped Using Bullet Graphs (and What I Now Use Instead)"


• Chart type: Marimekko

• Chart type: Strip plot

• SlideShare: a16z - Adreessen Horowitz

• Book: The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., E.B. White, Test Editor, and Roger Angell

• Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

• Book: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business by Douglas Hubbard

• Book: The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael Easter

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