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What to do with Charts

Charts are a problem. We’re always trying to display numbers and data, but it’s not easy to avoid a deluge of data.

Thinking in terms of Evidence is good. 

If you believe this chart Visual Evidence is even better.

If you’re a disciple of Edward Tufte, then you know that Beautiful Evidence is the way to go. But how do you get there?

It’s useful to have a few places to go when there are numbers involved, and you’re looking for an example.

Here are a few sources I use.

Andrew Abela’s Chart Suggestions.

From his book, The Presentation, A Story About Communicating Successfully With Very Few Slides.

Dan Roam’s Visual Codex

From his book, The Back of the Napkin, Solving Problems And Selling Ideas With Pictures.

Juice Labs Chart Chooser

Juice Labs - Chart Chooser

Downloadable Excel and PowerPoint Templates from Juice Labs.

Charts and Graphs Pinterest board

Pinterest - Charts and Graphs - Boards

A growing collection of Charts and Graphs for inspiration.

Gavin_Animated-GifGavin is a founding partner at fassforward consulting group. He blogs about PowerPoint, Presenting, Communication and Message Discipline at makeapowerfulpoint.com. You can follow him on twitter @powerfulpoint.

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  1. Timothy (Tim) Riecker | April 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I use charts and graphs all the time, but sometimes get so mired in the data that I’m not realizing the best way to display it (forest for the trees kind of thing). This was a great post with excellent resources. Thanks for sharing!

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