Data visualization is all over the place. On the hype curve, we’re clearly up in the area of inflated expectations. If you listen to the reporting, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking dataviz is going to bring world peace! I’m writing to beat the drum in favor of more informal presentations. You can tell better data stories, and engage your audience more, by creating less formal data presentations.
What do I mean by "informal visualization"? To start, toss out your computer, printer and graph paper. Pull our your crayons, big paper, tape, and your imagination.
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