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This is a photo of the book W E B Du Bois's Data Portraits, Visualizing Black America, edited by Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert. It shows a colorful spiral graph from the book. Next to the book are six markers in colors that match the graph.

Book Review: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits

Until recently, I didn't know much about W. E. B. Du Bois. The intersection of my grade school education with my not-fabulous memory left me with only the vague knowledge that he was a 19th-century, African American intellectual. But then…

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Can We All Just Admit That the Emperor is Naked?

When I was a kid, we had this book of classic fairy tales. In the table of contents, each title and page number was accompanied by an approximate reading time. My mom typically had about an 8-minute threshold…I have wonderful…

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This panel says, on chickens and science communication. There is an image of a chicken shape that is made up of different kinds of graphs. The chicken's body is a round radial graph. The chicken's head is a circular pie chart. The chicken's beak is an orange circular pie chart with a slice missing. The chicken's legs are made up of a bar graph, with two tall bars representing the legs and shorter bars representing the toes.

On Chickens and Scientific Communication

As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” I don’t eat fish, so let’s go with something that is…

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This is a photo of Lori, sitting and smiling at a white desk, in a gray and black swivel chair. She is wearing a gray Clarkson University sweatshirt, dark pants, and gray slippers. On her desk, there is a computer monitory, keyboard, laptop, mouse and mousepad, box of tissuees, cup of water, headphones, and white lamp. Behind her, there is a bookshelf with a rainbow of Copic markers and various knick-knacks.

On My Soapbox About Ergonomics

Today I’m not going to post about science or data or design. I’m going to post about another topic I tend to get on my soapbox about: ergonomics. Hey, I sit at a desk every day. My clients sit at…

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This is an illustration of Lori leading a video conference. On the computer screen, there are pictures of five participants and a line graph.

Announcing Data Soapbox Office Hours!

Data Soapbox helps our clients develop entire research communication products, like reports and slideshows. But, sometimes researchers don't need quite that much support. Sometimes they just have a one-off question: Is 75 slides too much for my 30-minute presentation? Is…

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This image says data visualization for, then an icon of a paint brush and palette, versus, then an icon of a head with gears for a brain.

Data Visualization for Art vs. Understanding

Every once in a while, a very small group gets overtaken by a big controversy. A couple of weeks ago, that very small group was data visualization professionals and enthusiasts, and the controversy was this: (The full New York Times…

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This is the cover of the picture book The Great Graph Contest by Loreen Leedy.

Book Review: The Great Graph Contest

Is there an elementary school teacher on your holiday shopping list? If so, check out Loreen Leedy's The Great Graph Contest! This picture book features Gonk (a toad) and Beezy (a lizard) as they compete to create the best* graphs…

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