Learn Be A Better Analyst Saying no to Busy Vizzies

Saying no to Busy Vizzies

Busy Vizzies are unnecessarily cluttered charts, and I’m making it my mission to shed light on them and help stamp them out! So I made this video for you to watch and share.

I teach several courses on data visualization, and one section I make sure to focus on is to de-cluttering your graphs. Only keeping what is needed to get your insight or message across.

Just because you can put something in, like a background or reference lines, doesn’t mean you should. I like to think back to when I first read one of Edward Tufte’s books, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and came across his concept of “data ink” and it really stuck with me to adopt a minimalist approach to creating charts.
This famous post  does a good job of conveying that, but I wanted to pay tribute to this concept and create a short video about it.

By giving these bad charts a name, Busy Vizzies, I hope people will become more aware of them when encountered and help people improve them. Share your before and after images on Twitter and Instagram using #busyvizzies, I’d love to see them!

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