Communicating Data to the Public

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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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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Only Charlotte Needs a Web

Recently my colleague and HealthDataViz Senior Consultant Janet Steeger sent me the graph below and an associated article, with the subject line “Blog Posting?”. (Click to expand) Incredulousness was quickly followed by inspiration. How, we wondered, could super-smart people use … Continue reading

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Can’t See the Forest for the Treemaps

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” It describes someone far too involved in the details of a problem or situation to grasp its entirety; (s)he has lost sight of overall goals — the … Continue reading

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