Author Archives: Kathy

2019 Reading (and Listening) List for the Health and Healthcare Data Geek

I’m heading to Bustins Island, Maine, in a few days to swing in the hammock and sip watermelon mojitos — Nirvana. I’m looking forward to this summer’s trek even more than usual because leading data visualization expert (and my mentor … Continue reading

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What the Hex?

I think (and hope) that I’m exceptionally open to new ideas and to change — but if I’m brutally honest, I must also acknowledge that there are times when my inner skeptic whispers (OK, shouts), “change is good — you … Continue reading

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A New View of Scores and Percentiles

Do you remember taking standardized tests? The one I remember best was the SAT’s, in high school. They struck fear into our hearts: would my friends and I do well enough to get into the colleges of our dreams? This … Continue reading

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Leading Causes of Death

It’s a beautiful snowy morning in New England. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and my husband is reading the newspaper with two pups snoozing away at his feet. It’s all quite lovely and picturesque. Well, it would be if … Continue reading

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Mekko Charts

I’m a long (long)-time devotee of the iconic Marimekko designs and textiles. I have Marimekko clothes (I’m sure they’re considered vintage now), and in my daughter’s bedroom I splurged on yards and yards of custom drapes made from Marimekko’s Pieni … Continue reading

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Design Thinking Required

A colleague recently sent me an article by Atul Gawande, MD: “Why Doctors Hate Their Computers” (huh — you don’t say!). If you’re familiar with Dr. Gawande’s work, you know that his articles and books are both thoughtful and thought-provoking … Continue reading

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A Profoundly Moving Data Display, Revisited

Perhaps you’ve visited this memorial. There are more than 58,000 names engraved on panels of polished black granite commemorating the Americans who died or were listed as Missing in Action in the war. The 250-foot long walls are each ten … Continue reading

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Serious Talk About Bubbles

This past summer our beloved daughter, Annie, was married to our new, very favorite son-in-law, Douglas. There were bubbles blown by the guests as the bride and groom finalized their vows, and flowing Champagne (lots and lots of Champagne). It … Continue reading

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2018 Summer Reading List for the Health and Healthcare Data Geek

I’ve been thinking of including a book (or two) about using maps to display data on my 2018 Summer Reading List, but it was my old pup Juno who sent me the sign I needed as to which book(s). Now … Continue reading

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Visualizing Annual Reports and the Donaghue Foundation

Recently I was engaged to help the Donaghue Foundation re-imagine parts of its 2017 Annual Report. I was thrilled to work on this project, as the important work the Foundation does is completely in alignment with what I believe about … Continue reading

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