Where to Thrive in Colorado

If you’re half as curious as I was about a data-driven approach to visualizing where to live in Colorado then I present to you the following article I’ve just published on Medium. Where to Thrive in Colorado: A data driven dive into what sets the major cities apart in the state of Colorado.

Authentic Data Narratives to Persuade

Data narratives are just that, stories. The best stories paint a mental picture, or show a literal data image in some cases of what is being told from narrator to the reader. These pictures are compelling—but what if we want to be persuasive as well? One method we must be careful of are warping data to fit a narrative they […]

From Above, on Data Visualizations with Maps

Continuing my journey through understanding data visualizations conceptually and practically this week I’d like to create some maps. Data visualizations in maps are particularly fascinating for a number of reasons and we’ll explore what those are as well as three popular categories of maps; those being Locator, Symbols, and Choropleth. All data deserves cleanup. To arrive at a meaningful story […]

Solar Ranger, an Electric Car Data Viz

Over the prior three years I have been going green. Aside from the energy efficient home windows, roof and insulation there was another story I wanted to tell around electricity. I’d like to tell a story through data visualization about indirectly charging my Hyundai Ioniq 2019 EV via my home’s solar panels. Step one was gathering data. I used [Obsidian](https://obsidian.md/) […]

Viz Varieties, Categorizing Data as Graphics

Together reader let’s, you and I your author, journey through a landscape of data visualizations. We’ll hope aboard a roller coaster that may or may not be itself in the shape of a smoothed line graph. Never fear, this roller coaster will not be of the emotional variety. Conceptual Declarative We will begin with a Brainstorming Roller Coaster (Paul Williams, […]

Stories Within Data Visualizations

Reading A Brief History of Data Visualization by Michael Friendly (2008) lead me to the one responsible for my beloved and simultaneously hated pie chart (William Playfair, Howard Wainer, Ian Spence, 1801), while also elegantly defining the most influential and prevalent charts I see in my every day. My love-hate relationship with pie charts stem from their modern over-use, when […]