Creating Great Charts, Maps, and                   Diagrams                           April 2012 Call into the audio line ...
LogisticsAsk questions! Otherwise I’m speaking to a black hole!                          Make the slideshow or            ...
LogisticsAfter the session, I’ll send out:   • The slides   • A link to the recording   • Any links we’ve discussed Call i...
Introductions                Laura Quinn                Executive Director,                Idealware                      ...
Introductions: www.idealware.org
Resources and Services From Idealware                                                    Online seminarsThe Field Guide to...
What We’ll Cover • Six principles of data graphics • What kind of information do you have?   • Numeric   • Location   • Co...
Six Principles of GoodInformation Graphics
1. Define Your PointPretty muchevery chart hasa point of view
2. Accurately Represent Your Data In particular, treat your axes with respect40                                           ...
3. Tailor it to Your Audience         From Princeton Election Consortium
4. The Simpler the BetterBoth graphscontain thesame info.But thesecond is fareasier to read.
5. Ensure it Speaks for Itself
6. Remove Everything You Can      % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor 25 20                            ...
What Kind of Information Do You Have?             Numerical
Quantitative Data     Bar Charts     Line Charts    Plotted Chart    Pie Chart
Bar Charts: An Example                         From Children                         Now’s “2009                         C...
Bubble Charts: An Example                            The Sunlight                            Foundation’s                 ...
Tools for Charting
Microsoft Excel                                       Part of the Microsoft Office                                        ...
DeltaGraph             $129 per             license             Installed, Mac             or Windows
Google Docs Spreadsheet                          Free                          Online at                          docs.goo...
Many Eyes   Free            Online at            manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com                                Also consider:...
What Kind of Information Do You Have?           Location Data
Pins on a Map                Consider Google                Maps or Google                Earth                 Yadkin Riv...
Thematic MappingDefault map format – copyright Microsoft                       Consider Microsoft MapPoint or Golden MapVi...
What Kind of Information Do You Have?            Conceptual
Flow Chart/Decision Tree
Hierarchical Chart
Process          Step 1   Step 2   Step 3
Relationships
Mind Map           A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits           BY DOOGIE HORNER           http://www.fastcompany.com/1...
Tools for Conceptual Visualizations
Visio
Omnigraph
Gliffy
PowerPoint
FreeMind           Also consider Mindmeister or           PersonalBrain
Bringing them Together
InfographicsPrinceton Universitywww.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics
More InfographicsBy M+R Strategies, From NTEN Change Journal http://www.nten.org/ntenchange
Dashboardshttp://dashboard.imamuseum.org/
Other Resources• Visual.ly• Periodic Table of Visualization Methods• Infosthetics.com
Questions?
Upcoming Idealware Seminars        7/19: Choosing a Low Cost Donor Management System        7/21: Getting Started with Mob...
Have More Questions?Ask Idealware…On Twitter: @idealwareOn Facebook: /idealware
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Creating Great Charts, Graphs and Maps on a Budget

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Presented as a free seminar on 4/19/12 by Laura Quinn of Idealware.

You've got data. How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action? In this online seminars, we'll talk about the types of chart and map formats that might be useful to you, and then take a look at a number of the software packages that can help you create data graphics for both web and print publications.

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Creating Great Charts, Graphs and Maps on a Budget

  1. 1. Creating Great Charts, Maps, and Diagrams April 2012 Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  2. 2. LogisticsAsk questions! Otherwise I’m speaking to a black hole! Make the slideshow or demo bigger Enter questions into the Chat with Presenter box Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  3. 3. LogisticsAfter the session, I’ll send out: • The slides • A link to the recording • Any links we’ve discussed Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  4. 4. Introductions Laura Quinn Executive Director, Idealware Kyle Andrei
  5. 5. Introductions: www.idealware.org
  6. 6. Resources and Services From Idealware Online seminarsThe Field Guide to and coursesSoftware for Commissioned articlesNonprofits and reports Close to 300 existing freeConsulting to In-person training articles and reportsnetworks Idealware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit!
  7. 7. What We’ll Cover • Six principles of data graphics • What kind of information do you have? • Numeric • Location • Conceptual • Bringing it all together Call into the audio line at (712) 432-1001, access code 469085792#Google Voice does not seem to work with this number, but Skype does.
  8. 8. Six Principles of GoodInformation Graphics
  9. 9. 1. Define Your PointPretty muchevery chart hasa point of view
  10. 10. 2. Accurately Represent Your Data In particular, treat your axes with respect40 45 4039 3538 30 2537 2036 15 1035 534 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
  11. 11. 3. Tailor it to Your Audience From Princeton Election Consortium
  12. 12. 4. The Simpler the BetterBoth graphscontain thesame info.But thesecond is fareasier to read.
  13. 13. 5. Ensure it Speaks for Itself
  14. 14. 6. Remove Everything You Can % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor 25 20 Income Below Poverty Line 15 Income 100- 200% of Poverty Line 10 Income More than 200% Above Poverty Line 5 0 % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor" 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 25 Income Below 20 Povert y Line 15 Income 1 00- 200% of 10 Povert y Line Income More 5 t han 20 0 % Above Povert y 0 Line 02 2 00 04 06 4 6 8 9 9 9 9 20 19 20 20 20 19 19 19
  15. 15. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Numerical
  16. 16. Quantitative Data Bar Charts Line Charts Plotted Chart Pie Chart
  17. 17. Bar Charts: An Example From Children Now’s “2009 California Report Card,” showing the relationship between race and preschool enrollment
  18. 18. Bubble Charts: An Example The Sunlight Foundation’s interactive Many Eyes chart showing the relationship between political party funding and the party in power
  19. 19. Tools for Charting
  20. 20. Microsoft Excel Part of the Microsoft Office Suite. $18 per license for nonprofits on TechSoup. Installed on Windows or Mac. % US Adults Who Report Their Health as "Fair" or "Poor" 25 Income Below 20 Povert y Line 15 Income 1 00- 200% of 10 Povert y Line Income More 5 t han 20 0 % Above Povert y 0 Line 02 2 00 04 06 4 6 8 9 9 9 9 20 19 20 20 20 19 19 19
  21. 21. DeltaGraph $129 per license Installed, Mac or Windows
  22. 22. Google Docs Spreadsheet Free Online at docs.google.com
  23. 23. Many Eyes Free Online at manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com Also consider: Google Docs Swivel Business
  24. 24. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Location Data
  25. 25. Pins on a Map Consider Google Maps or Google Earth Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Google map showing what they consider to be “pollution sites” created by Alcoa, a large corporate producer of aluminum.
  26. 26. Thematic MappingDefault map format – copyright Microsoft Consider Microsoft MapPoint or Golden MapViewer
  27. 27. What Kind of Information Do You Have? Conceptual
  28. 28. Flow Chart/Decision Tree
  29. 29. Hierarchical Chart
  30. 30. Process Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
  31. 31. Relationships
  32. 32. Mind Map A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits BY DOOGIE HORNER http://www.fastcompany.com/1692957/facebook-profile-picture-flowchart
  33. 33. Tools for Conceptual Visualizations
  34. 34. Visio
  35. 35. Omnigraph
  36. 36. Gliffy
  37. 37. PowerPoint
  38. 38. FreeMind Also consider Mindmeister or PersonalBrain
  39. 39. Bringing them Together
  40. 40. InfographicsPrinceton Universitywww.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics
  41. 41. More InfographicsBy M+R Strategies, From NTEN Change Journal http://www.nten.org/ntenchange
  42. 42. Dashboardshttp://dashboard.imamuseum.org/
  43. 43. Other Resources• Visual.ly• Periodic Table of Visualization Methods• Infosthetics.com
  44. 44. Questions?
  45. 45. Upcoming Idealware Seminars 7/19: Choosing a Low Cost Donor Management System 7/21: Getting Started with Mobile Outreach 7/28: Telling Your Story with Blogs, Photos and Videos 8/11: Measuring Your Social Media Strategy More at www.idealware.org/online-training
  46. 46. Have More Questions?Ask Idealware…On Twitter: @idealwareOn Facebook: /idealware
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