Ann K. Emery
Just because I adore graphs doesn’t mean that I shun data tables. I insert the occasional table inside the body of my report, and each report’s appendices are full of tables, tables, and more tables.
When creating traditional tables, I follow the Dark Horse Analytics guide. When I’m presenting tables in a presentation, webinar, or full-color report, I create heat tables.
In heat tables, higher numbers get darker colors and lower numbers get lighter colors. Viewers find patterns in the data much faster than if they were reading line by line of text from the table.
Here’s how to make them in good ol’ Excel.