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Beyond Boring Bar Charts: How to Fool Excel into Making (Pretty Much) Any Type of Chart You Want

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Ignite presentation given at the Nonprofit Technology Network's (NTEN) Nonprofit Technology Conference (#13NTC) on April 11, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tired of using the same old pie charts, bar charts, and line charts to tell your nonprofit’s story? Don’t have expensive data visualization software? Can’t afford to hire a graphic designer to transform your default Excel charts into polished masterpieces? In this 5-minute Ignite presentation at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, I showed nonprofit leaders how to transform their default Excel charts by simply leveraging a little Excel elbow grease.

Want to learn more? Here's the link to my YouTube channel and blog:
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/annkemery
My blog with Excel tutorials: http://emeryevaluation.com/excel/

Beyond Boring Bar Charts: How to Fool Excel into Making (Pretty Much) Any Type of Chart You Want

  1. 1. Beyond Boring Bar Charts:How to Fool Excelinto Making (Pretty Much)Any Type of Chart You Want#ExcelElbowGreaseAnn K. Emery@annkemery
  2. 2. Default & Boring Charts 2,000 1,800 1,600 FY07 1,400 1,200 Afr ican American 1,000 Afr ican De sce nt Ar abic De sce nt 80 0 English nder 60 0 Asian / Pacific Isla Spanish Cauc asian 40 0 20 0 Latino Multir acial - FY07 Native American FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 45.0% 40.0% 35.0% 30.0% 25.0% 20.0% FY07 15.0% FY08 10.0% FY09 5.0 % FY10 0.0 % FY11 Under 5-9 10-14 15- 18 19-24 25-30 31-40 5 years years years yea 41-50 51 and years old rs years years years old old ove r old old old old old@annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 1
  3. 3. Can’t afford… …expensive software? …graphic designers? @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 2
  4. 4. Beyond Boring Bar Charts How to fool Excel into making any chart you wantAnn EmeryInnovation Networkwww.innonet.org @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 3
  5. 5. Modern & Streamlined Bar Charts Up and Down Basic Bar Chart Bar Chart1 2 Side by Side Back to Back Bar Chart Bar Chart3 4 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 4
  6. 6. 1 Boring Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 500 450 400 350 300 250 Number of Youth Served 200 150 100 50 0 07 08 09 10 11 12 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 5
  7. 7. 1 Boring Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 500 450 400 350 300 250 Number of Youth Served 200 150 100 50 0 07 08 09 10 11 12 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 6
  8. 8. 1 Better Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 470 450 410 416 278 202 07 08 09 10 11 12 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 7
  9. 9. 1 Best Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 450 470 410 416 278 202 07 08 09 10 11 12 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 8
  10. 10. But what about comparisons? Number of Youth Served by Year50045040035030025020015010050 0 07 08 09 10 11 12 Virginia Maryland @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 9
  11. 11. 2 Up and Down Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 450 470 410 416 278 202 Virginia 267 274 270 278 240 235 Maryland 07 08 09 10 11 12 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 10
  12. 12. 2 Up and Down Bar Chart @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 11
  13. 13. 3 Side by Side Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 07 202 240 08 278 235 09 410 267 10 416 274 11 450 270 12 470 278 Virginia Maryland @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 12
  14. 14. 3 Side by Side Bar Chart @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide13
  15. 15. 4 Back to Back Bar Chart Number of Youth Served by Year 202 07 240 278 08 235 410 09 267 416 10 274 450 11 270 470 12 278 Virginia Maryland @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 14
  16. 16. 4 Back to Back Bar Chart @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 15
  17. 17. 4 Back to Back Bar Chart @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 16
  18. 18. Modern & Streamlined Bar Charts Up and Down Basic Bar Chart Bar Chart1 2 Side by Side Back to Back Bar Chart Bar Chart3 4 @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 17
  19. 19. More dataviz options in Excel @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 18
  20. 20. Takeaways in Tweets Dataviz is do-able in Excel! You don’t need expensive software… … just a little #ExcelElbowGrease!@annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 19
  21. 21. Thank You! Ann Emery Innovation Network www.innonet.org aemery@innonet.org annkemery annkemery emeryevaluation.com @annkemery #ExcelElbowGrease Slide 20

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