Book Review: Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte

Visual Explanations is the third in Tufte's well known quartet of books on information visualization (The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations, and Beautiful Evidence). This is also the third of the quartet that I have read- I have yet to read Beautiful Evidence. I found the…

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Book Reviews

Another quick post with some background on something new on the blog. Several years ago I read my first data visualization book: Stephen Few'sĀ Information Dashboard Design. I had read professional books before, but this one fascinated me in ways that no other professional book, on any topic, had before. This…

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Choosing Charts

Happy new year! Quick post today to let you know about some new content on the site. In my work to visualize data and provide reporting solutions, I have both encountered the sometimes daunting task of choosing a chart and been asked about how to choose a the correct chart.…

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M / Power Query: Table.HasColumns()

The Challenge Recently, I have been using Power Query to scrape data from web pages to load into Power BI for some side projects (more to come as these are completed, hint hint). The data from the web pages is good but inconsistencies do exist. Sounds like a pretty normal…

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SQL Saturday Nashville 2020

Earlier, I had the privilege and honor of speaking to a full room at SQL Saturday Nashville on Applying Visual Design Best Practices in Power BI. Thank you to everyone who attended, you were fantastic! The slide deck is below: Applying Visual Design Best Practices in Power BI 01-18-20

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Why Start a Blog?

Before answering that question, let's start with a short backstory. 6 years ago I began to feel stuck in my job. Through prayer, discussions with family and friends, and study, I learned the importance of self education. I discovered a desire to make the company I was working for better…

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