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Data Digest: Focus on Data Visualizations

Overcoming common data visualization pitfalls, pretty pictures aren't enough for effective visualization, and how to craft a persuasive data presentation.

Common Pitfalls of Data Visualizations

Effective data visualizations lead to greater understanding of data as a whole. Unfortunately, many enterprises are struggling to create visualizations that are useful, let alone powerful. This article discusses the most common errors in creating data visualizations and how to avoid making them.

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Substance over Style in Visualizations

One of the major problems enterprises have with visualizations the previous article failed to mention is that far too many visualizations are far too focused on the visual component. Simply making a pretty picture does not indicate good analysis. This article decries the superficial aspects of far too many data visualizations and puts forth its own ideas about what makes an effective visualization.

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Crafting an Persuasive Data Visualization

Whereas the first two articles taught you how to avoid making mistakes in visualizations, this article is all about teaching you how to craft the best data visualization. It goes further than just what to keep in mind when initially making one; it explains what to anticipate after the first draft and how to keep improving a visualization.

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About the Author

Quint Turner is an editorial intern at TDWI and an undergraduate English student at Skidmore College. Follow his blog at

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