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From the desk of Randall Bolten
"Over my 20 years as a Silicon Valley CFO, it became increasingly clear to me that communicating clearly, eloquently, and effectively is just as important for numbers as it is for words and ideas. And the people who practice that skill (and art) well are incredibly rare."
22 Feb
R.I.P. Hans Rosling, Explainer Extraordinaire
Hans Rosling, age 68, died earlier this month. He contributed more than almost anyone to helping people truly understand the world as it is. In an era when we have gone overboard for the glitziest data visualization techniques – frequently at the expense of comprehensibility or of any meaning whatsoever – Rosling’s presentations are informative but still imaginative and entertaining. His work demonstrates the potential that data visualization can have, but all too often doesn’t – we’ll see one of his best examples here.
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8 Feb
Oh, No! My Pie (Chart) Hits the Wall!
My last blog looked at how U.S. federal government outlays were distributed in 2015 – one of the few situations I’ve found where a pie chart actually works! But taking a deeper look at the issue, and especially considering federal spending trends over time, we’ll see that pie charts are severely limited. We need a better presentation approach, and in the process we’ll come face-to-face with the limitations of data visualization.
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