Category Archives: graphs

Show Percentage vs Goal With the Progress Bar Chart

On the Microsoft Office LinkedIn group, someone asked this question: “Which chart is better to show percentage to goal results?” It’s common in business presentations to show progress toward a goal, like percentage of sales versus sales quota or percentage … Continue reading

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Graph Makeover by Andy Arrow

This is a great graph makeover by presentation designer Andy Arrow. The ideas expressed in this video are the foundational stuff of great graphs.   Some main principles 1. Clarify the graph’s main message in the title 2. Take what’s … Continue reading

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A New Way to Visualize Data = The Grable

Cole Nussbaumer, at the Storytelling with Data blog, has introduced a useful term for data visualization in business: the Grable. It’s a combination of a table and a graph. Tables are good for some things, like looking up specific values and … Continue reading

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Table Makeover: How Do I Avoid that Checkerboard Effect?

It’s easy to create tables in PowerPoint. But it takes some thought and design skills to create a really attractive and effective table. In this blog article, I want to show you some principles for creating better tables. This post … Continue reading

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Graph Makeover – Chart of the Day, How Email Use is Changing

The measure of a chart is how quickly it conveys the message while being visually pleasing. Conveying the message is, of course, the main point of the chart. Visually pleasing is also important because it enhances your credibility. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Graph Makeover – Great Graphs Don’t Just Happen

Here’s a terrific post at the blog by Naomi Robbins, using a graph makeover to show that great graphs require thought; they don’t just happen.  I loved Naomi’s advice, but I saw room for additional improvement. As an educational exercise to help you build … Continue reading

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Use “Smart Legends” for More Impressive Charts

I was inspired by this post by the Excel gurus at to emphasize the importance of smart legends in charts. What are smart legends? Well, legends do more than label your data. They can also be used to quickly summarize your message. Look … Continue reading

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