Mobile Data Visualization and Analytics

Mobile Data Visualization and Analytics

The mobile revolution is enabling more creative and useful ways of interacting with data. Touch-screen technology is allowing users to manipulate data right on their iPad, Android tablet, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note, Kindle Fire devices and more. Now users can access advanced analytics with beautifully visualized data on their mobile devices. On January 24th, Greg […]

7 Tips for How to Give a Presentation with Data

How to Give a Presentation with Data

Here are some suggestions for you to consider when you’re preparing to give a presentation that includes data. It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting to your company’s management, to clients, to industry colleagues at a conference – ultimately most people process data in a similar way. Subordinate the data to the story. When you’re describing […]

My Data Visualization Wish List

My Data Visualization Wish List

This is the time of year when many children make their holiday wish lists. Now that I’m a grown-up, my wish lists look a bit different. For instance, I have a data visualization wish list. You see, I’m both a market researcher and a marketer. So I like data, and I like shiny objects. Hence I […]

Data Visualization Lesson 6: The Ultimate List of Dos and Don’ts

Pie Charts

As part of this Research Access lesson series, we’ve explored best practices in the art and science of data visualization.  Here, I round out that discussion with the ultimate list of dos and don’ts: Dos: Start with purpose.  Before you select a data visualization tool, take a moment to put in words what you hope to show […]

Data Visualization Lesson 5: Ninth Grade Algebra Wasn’t Worthless After All


There are many things of which teenagers are “sure”: that they will never be like their parents; that the greatest artist of all time is (insert name of band of the moment); that pretty much any clothing is appropriate to wear in public (I’m talking to you, leggings-as-pants). Thankfully, with age comes wisdom. It would […]

10 Minute Tutorial on iPad and Tablet Data Visualization


If surveys are going mobile, why shouldn’t data visualization? Last week Vivek Bhaskaran, founder of Survey Analytics, QuestionPro and IdeaScale officially launched his latest creation, SecondPrism. SecondPrism is an app for visualizing data on tablets (and smartphones) a way that takes advantage of the strengths of the tablet format – it allows you to tap, […]

Data Visualization Lesson 4: The Best Pies Are Desserts

Coconut Cream Pie

Staring bleary-eyed at a spreadsheet of data and a report that still needs visual content, have you ever felt a bit underwhelmed at the prospect of using a simple graphic? Sure, a bar graph or histogram or line chart would show the data… but sometimes they seem, um… well… a little boring? It’s easy to […]

Play with Data

Hand Using Digital Tablet

You use your fingers to play around with just about everything on your smartphone and tablet.  A touch-screen mobile device makes it easy to fiddle with anything – from games to social media to music and more. That way you can get it just the way you like it. Why shouldn’t you demand as much […]

PowerPoint Pet Peeves


I love PowerPoint. I really do. I also hate it. I started using it back in (gasp!) 1993 as a junior associate at a political polling firm. I love that it’s flexible in the way it allows me to present information on the page. There are a lot of things I can make it do. […]

Data Visualization Lesson 3: Abela’s Rubric


Kudos to cartographers, glory to graphic illustrators, and applause to artists of the digital kind:  I give thanks and praise that I don’t have to draw original data graphics by hand.  (I might be the only person in America who can manage to draw a crooked bar graph using both a ruler and a level). […]