Tricia Aanderud

Data Consumers Left Out in the Cold?

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magneticnorth0
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magneticnorth0   6/30/2016 3:58:14 AM
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@TAanderud I come from a communications background myself. While I've pursued it as a career, some classmates of mine have chosen other paths, but remain grateful for their education. Rarely is there a job these days where communicating isn't crucial. It's so important, even in the most technical of professions.

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magneticnorth0   6/30/2016 3:53:04 AM
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I appreciate an analyst who is also a teacher- someone who shares their knowledge, can guide the end user through new thought processes, and listen to what the user is trying to accomplish with the report and then walk them through the process.

Indeed, the best market research presentation I attended felt much like a good day in the classroom. The presentor laid out the findings so logically, like a teacher imparting something truly meaningful and relevant. I don't think every analyst could pull that off but there should at least be one person in the team who's talented in this area.

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Jamescon   6/29/2016 5:26:58 PM
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Right, some data presentations seem intended as artwork. Some others seem to have been afterthoughts, something that the analyst rushed through after doing what they consider the hard work (the analysis). I think in both cases there can be an attitude that any fool can understand what they are showing.

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kq4ym   6/29/2016 4:05:27 PM
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It does seem some charts and graphic are designed as actually a piece or art to fill the space, whether intentionally to fill space at the last moment or as a consequence of not asking what the intended reader wants to know and how best to present it to them.

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TAanderud   6/21/2016 12:11:35 PM
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@Lyndon Like I told Jim ... that was a dataviz expert.

 

 

 

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Lyndon_Henry   6/21/2016 11:12:10 AM
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..

Tricia writes

I find the clever method of presenting it wins out a lot.  It's one thing I really hate about Excel - it allows the user to create some of the craziest things I have ever seen. 
Here's one of my favorites ... 



 

Ugh ... Using a pie graph to display dates? That's gotta be one of the most inappropriate uses of a pie graph I've ever seen ...

And the color-coding for the different drugs (?) is so confusing (hard to distinguish) as to be just about useless ...

 

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Re: Visualizing Orlando
TAanderud   6/21/2016 10:50:33 AM
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That had to be a difficult piece to assemble.

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Visualizing Orlando
Jamescon   6/21/2016 10:03:57 AM
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Tricia. This one isn't about data so much as it's about people and terror. It shows some of what happened in Pulse. Nice work by the Tampa Bay Times staff.

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TAanderud   6/21/2016 9:59:33 AM
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Are you describing the movie Idiocracy?

Warrning .... some cursing in this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGUNPMPrxvA

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TAanderud   6/21/2016 9:55:49 AM
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Yes.  Even better than that - the whole point of that post was that they were data visualization experts!   :-)

You know I had to tuck that screenshot away in my "examples" file.

 

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