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Design

Developing Your (Color) Palette

It’s no secret that color is an important part of data visualization. In everyday life, colors have a unique power to intensify communication. (If you’ve ever seen the film Pleasantville, you know what I’m talking about here.) In fact, many…

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Oscars 2018 – The Best Picture Nominees Dashboard Refresh!

Dashboard Passion Projects: Visualizing the Nominees for Best Picture In 2017, when Oscar nomination time rolled around, a colleague and I got the idea to make a dashboard that could attempt to predict the Best Picture winner. While, as a…

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Painting by Numbers: Designing Your Data Picture

Visual data analytics give a whole new meaning to the phrase “painting by numbers”. Much like when painting by numbers, it can be difficult to see the final product when you begin – everything just looks like numbers and lines!…

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Neuroaesthetics and Informative Art

What is Neuroaesthetics? You are probably familiar with the term “aesthetics.” Though in modern times, it’s largely been co-opted by the beauty industry, it has applications far beyond waxing and chemical peels. From a philosophical lens, aesthetics is the branch…

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5 Provocative Map Data Visualizations

Time and space are both dimensions that shape our universe. In data analysis, time has proven to be a fundamental perspective; we measure turnover rates over the course of year; employee engagement rates over the course of a quarter; and…

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Data Visualization and the 9 Fundamental Design Principles

What are the 9 Principles of Design? The 9 principles of design weren’t created for data gurus to build applications or dashboards; they’re the essential building blocks artists use to paint and sculpt. Still, the concepts behind these design fundamentals…

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Unpacking the Laws of Visual Perception

Our brains are unimaginably complex. Neuroscience is sometimes considered the true final frontier; our internal selves are as expansive as the universe itself. While there are many aspects of cognitive processing that we have yet to understand, the area of…

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5 Key Factors for Building Dashboards that “Wow”

Your dashboard is the key to your business. It holds all of the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your company at the click of a mouse. Of course, you probably already know that the beauty of a…

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