Sunday, January 22, 2012

call for examples

I'm starting to work on content for a few upcoming presentations. The topic, of course, is storytelling with data. I find that one of the best ways to teach this is to show real world examples and the typically slight modifications it takes to go from a standard Excel graph to a visual that really conveys what you want it to for your audience.

I'm always looking for new material, so thought I'd put a request out: is there a data visual (graph, table, slide) that you've made or come across that you'd subject to a cole-critique and makeover? If so, please send to me at Bonus points for including some context on the story you want to convey.

The fine print: Please don't send me any sensitive data that cannot be shared. It's subject to inclusion in a presentation or on my blog. Sending the visual is your tacit approval for this. Submitting a visual does not guarantee that it will be madeover (I'll choose based on the lessons I aim to teach), but if yours is chosen, I'm happy to share the madeover version with you.

I look forward to your submission!


  1. Cole,

    I am working on a project to capture the following:

    - customer device info: user may have several machines running our product, with different dates of install, different protection and number used <> number bougth

    - support calls: customer calls for tech support, product info, virus removal, has Sat score

    - storage: of the capacity bougth, whats is used? at what growth rate?

    - user may have additional products from same vendor

    I am thinking of a visualization that can identofy opportunities and customer segments.

    Any ideas?

  2. Hi Mario! I'm not totally clear from your description, but is this something that might lend itself to a waterfall chart? Or more likely, you're looking at having a few different charts and then the challenge is to turn them into a cohesive story. Happy to look at work in progress and provide feedback if that would be helpful. Hope all is well!

  3. I will send you some screen shots of the basic metrics. I am looking for a better way of comunicating the relationship of the different sources and as you said, a cohesive story

  4. sent you an email with PPT slides !