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This Month's Featured Content


Scatterplots are one of those standard graph types you learn about in college and a default chart type in most graphing software. In this tutorial, we'll take this common-but-often-misunderstood graph and show options to make its story shine. Tricks to make scatterplots more understandable: use an awesome title (do you ever get tired of hearing me say that?) or add helper text like arrows that say "spreads faster" or "more happy" to explain each axis or break the data into quadrants and label each cluster with stuff like "Hot Dogs!"

Here are our releases from the past few months

Demographics Tables

Demographics are usually presented in a table, where no stories are clear. In this tutorial we will show you a dozen alternatives to those standard tables.

Triple Overlapping Bar

Triple overlapping bars help you talk about subsets of subsets of a whole.

Color Psychology

We can't waste our audience's limited and precious attention by confusing them with colors that don't intentionally carry meaning. We have to take control of our color choices and apply them in a way that supports our data story. To help us make those decisions, we need to tap into the field of color psychology, which studies the associations people make with specific colors.